Mary Curran Hackett

Mary Curran Hackett - Ghostwriter

Cincinnati, OH, USA

The best-selling author of PROOF OF HEAVEN. I help others find their own unique voice and write the stories they feel called to share.

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Overview

As a ghostwriter, I have helped executives, celebrities, wellness experts, and religious leaders share their unique stories and vision for the world.

In addition to ghostwriting books, I have published two best-selling and critically acclaimed novels of my own PROOF OF HEAVEN and PROOF OF ANGELS (William Morrow/HarperCollins). I also have a forthcoming memoir that will be published next year. In addition to books, I have written several profiles of acclaimed writers, including Pulitzer Prize Winner, Dave Eggers, Oprah Book of the Month Club author and best-selling author Janet Fitch, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, and host of NPR’s Fresh Air, Terry Gross. I have also appeared on NPR’s This I Believe and my essay “Never Give Up,” which aired on the program, was anthologized in This I Believe: On Fatherhood (Wiley).

With over twenty years of experience in publishing–writing, ghostwriting, developmental editing–I am a skilled interviewer and have a knack for getting people to open up and share their story in ways only they can tell it. As a person who has both served as an editor and writer, I understand both sides of the process and try to be the editor I myself need as a writer and the writer I wish to work with as an editor.

I am also an avid reader and look at each text as a reader might—hanging on every word and hoping to come away from each book transformed, enlightened, and a bit wiser, not to mention a more compassionate person for reading it.

Reading, writing, and working with people makes me happy. I love what I do. I try my best to be congenial and easy-to-work-with. I sincerely want every person to experience the process of writing as both the gift and a joy that it is, but I also recognize the extraordinary discipline, strength, patience, skill, effort, and passion required to see a project through to completion. And thanks to years of hard work and experience, I possess these virtues—not to mention a healthy sense of humor and acceptance of my own limitations.
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Health & wellbeing
Inspirational
New Age
Religion & Spirituality
Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Writer and Ghostwriter

Self-employed
April, 2009 – Present (over 10 years)

I have been freelancing as a writer, developmental editor, and ghostwriter for nearly a decade. My novels Proof of Heaven and Proof of Angels were published in 2011 and 2014 by William Morrow/HarperCollins. I have ghostwritten for authors who have been published by Harper, Penguin Random House, and Simon and Schuster and have helped hundreds of clients edit, write, and/or publish their books on their own. Because of the nature of my work, I can't share all of the books I have ghostwritten, but I can provide samples upon request.

Adjunct Faculty

University of Cincinnati
January, 2005 – June, 2013 (over 8 years)

As an adjunct faculty member, I taught classes in writing​, rhetoric, and literature.

Editor

Franciscan Media
April, 2003 – April, 2012 (about 9 years)

For nearly a decade I served as an editor, writer, copywriter and project manager for an international nonprofit press. Responsibilities included, but were not limited to: acquiring, editing, researching, fact-checking, copyediting, and proofreading book manuscripts (up to 10 per season); assisting authors with the writing of their books; acquiring titles and developing new products; writing back cover copy for books edited; evaluating book queries and submissions, initiating and shepherding titling, design, and production process of each book; working with authors, freelancers, and designers throughout the book production process. As a specialist in marketing and public relations, I was also responsible for developing products and book concepts based on target demographic research, while helping marketing to create promotional material and catalog copy as well as working with designers and professional photographers for book cover shoots.

Portfolio (10 selected works)

Proof of Heaven: A Novel

Mary Curran Hackett

“Proof of Heaven belongs on any keeper shelf. It’s beautifully written, mesmerizing and tragic, thought-provoking, and a reaffirmation of faith….I loved this book.”—Shelley Shepard GrayProof of Heaven by Mary Curran Hackett is an astonishing debut—a moving, inspiring, and wise first novel that explores beautifully the meaning of family, faith, and love. The story of a mother’s unshakable belie... read more

“Proof of Heaven belongs on any keeper shelf. It’s beautifully written, mesmerizing and tragic, thought-provoking, and a reaffirmation of faith….I loved this book.”—Shelley Shepard GrayProof of Heaven by Mary Curran Hackett is an astonishing debut—a moving, inspiring, and wise first novel that explores beautifully the meaning of family, faith, and love. The story of a mother’s unshakable belie... read more

Proof of Angels: A Novel (P.S.)

Mary Curran Hackett

From the critically acclaimed author of Proof of Heaven comes an unforgettable novel about hope, renewal, and the gift of angels among us—friends, family, lovers . . . and even mystical others—sure to touch your heart.Sean Magee is a firefighter—a hero who risks his own life to save others, running into dangerous situations few have the courage to dare. While fighting a horrific blaze, Sean be... read more

From the critically acclaimed author of Proof of Heaven comes an unforgettable novel about hope, renewal, and the gift of angels among us—friends, family, lovers . . . and even mystical others—sure to touch your heart.Sean Magee is a firefighter—a hero who risks his own life to save others, running into dangerous situations few have the courage to dare. While fighting a horrific blaze, Sean be... read more

Happy Money: Understand and Heal Your Relationship with Money

Ken Honda

Become Zen with your money and alleviate your anxieties about finances and earning potential. Ken Honda—Japan’s #1 bestselling personal development guru—will help you heal your relationship with money and discover the lifestyle that will truly make you happy.Ken Honda knows that getting rich quick is no way to achieve happiness. Too often, money is a source of fear, stress, and anger, often br... read more

Become Zen with your money and alleviate your anxieties about finances and earning potential. Ken Honda—Japan’s #1 bestselling personal development guru—will help you heal your relationship with money and discover the lifestyle that will truly make you happy.Ken Honda knows that getting rich quick is no way to achieve happiness. Too often, money is a source of fear, stress, and anger, often br... read more

This I Believe: On Fatherhood

Dan Gediman, John Gregory, Mary Jo Gediman

Compelling stories of fatherhood from the popular NPR radio show From the popular radio series This I Believe comes this touching and thought-provoking compilation of original essays on one of the most fundamental of human relationships-fatherhood. It is a relationship filled with joy and heartbreak, love and anger, lessons learned, and opportunities missed. The stories in this collection are ... read more

Compelling stories of fatherhood from the popular NPR radio show From the popular radio series This I Believe comes this touching and thought-provoking compilation of original essays on one of the most fundamental of human relationships-fatherhood. It is a relationship filled with joy and heartbreak, love and anger, lessons learned, and opportunities missed. The stories in this collection are ... read more

Care for Creation: A Franciscan Spirituality of the Earth

Ilia Delio, Keith Douglass Warner, Pamela Wood

Three of the greatest minds in Franciscan theology, Ilia Delio, O.S.F., Franciscan Keith Douglass Warner, O.F.M., and Pamela Wood, come together to discuss one of the greatest crises of our time—the destruction of the Earth. This book takes both a theological and practical approach to developing a Franciscan spirituality of the earth. Four sections highlight the distinct relationships creation... read more

Three of the greatest minds in Franciscan theology, Ilia Delio, O.S.F., Franciscan Keith Douglass Warner, O.F.M., and Pamela Wood, come together to discuss one of the greatest crises of our time—the destruction of the Earth. This book takes both a theological and practical approach to developing a Franciscan spirituality of the earth. Four sections highlight the distinct relationships creation... read more

Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God

Ginny Kubitz Moyer

How does Mary, the Mother of God, speak to the modern female experience? Does she comfort, challenge or inspire? Ginny Moyer wanted to know how women today would answer those questions, so she invited women of all ages, some cradle Catholics and some converts, some lay and some religious, to share their thoughts on Mary. In the process of collecting women's stories, Moyer learned that the answ... read more

How does Mary, the Mother of God, speak to the modern female experience? Does she comfort, challenge or inspire? Ginny Moyer wanted to know how women today would answer those questions, so she invited women of all ages, some cradle Catholics and some converts, some lay and some religious, to share their thoughts on Mary. In the process of collecting women's stories, Moyer learned that the answ... read more

Compassion: Living in the Spirit of St. Francis

Ilia Delio O.S.F.

What is compassion and how does it emerge in the human heart? What moves one to compassion? Can we learn compassion as a way of life? Can we let go of our fears to love more deeply? Compassion guides us through the life of Francis, tracing his growth from a selfish, materialistic young man to the humble, holy saint beloved by millions. With this book as your guide, you can do simple things eve... read more

What is compassion and how does it emerge in the human heart? What moves one to compassion? Can we learn compassion as a way of life? Can we let go of our fears to love more deeply? Compassion guides us through the life of Francis, tracing his growth from a selfish, materialistic young man to the humble, holy saint beloved by millions. With this book as your guide, you can do simple things eve... read more

The Humility of God: A Franciscan Perspective

Ilia Delio O.S.F.

The humility of God is really about God's relationship to the world and God's fidelity to the world, even when everything in the world seems to fail.—from the Introduction "Here as in her previous work, Sister Ilia builds on her outstanding command of the scholarship about the work of Bonaventure which has developed so remarkably in the twentieth century. Together with this she brings her pers... read more

The humility of God is really about God's relationship to the world and God's fidelity to the world, even when everything in the world seems to fail.—from the Introduction "Here as in her previous work, Sister Ilia builds on her outstanding command of the scholarship about the work of Bonaventure which has developed so remarkably in the twentieth century. Together with this she brings her pers... read more

Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps

Richard Rohr O.F.M.

We are all addicted in some way. When we learn to identify our addiction, embrace our brokenness, and surrender to God, we begin to bring healing to ourselves and our world. In Breathing Under Water, Richard Rohr shows how the gospel principles in the Twelve Steps can free anyone from any addiction—from an obvious dependence on alcohol or drugs to the more common but less visible addiction tha... read more

We are all addicted in some way. When we learn to identify our addiction, embrace our brokenness, and surrender to God, we begin to bring healing to ourselves and our world. In Breathing Under Water, Richard Rohr shows how the gospel principles in the Twelve Steps can free anyone from any addiction—from an obvious dependence on alcohol or drugs to the more common but less visible addiction tha... read more

Mystics: Ten Who Show Us the Ways of God

Murray Bodo

Christianity is a mysterious faith. Some of these mysteries can be described with Scripture or doctrine, but others can only be experienced. Those graced with these experiences, these intimate glimpses of God, are called mystics.Father Bodo's sensitive guidance leads us into the heart of what these mystics have expressed about God and how their insight can deepen our own experience of the divi... read more

Christianity is a mysterious faith. Some of these mysteries can be described with Scripture or doctrine, but others can only be experienced. Those graced with these experiences, these intimate glimpses of God, are called mystics.Father Bodo's sensitive guidance leads us into the heart of what these mystics have expressed about God and how their insight can deepen our own experience of the divi... read more

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