Qualities of Light

A heartfelt story of family, friendship, and against all odds, budding love.

--Jonathan Odell, author of The Healing

Moore traces the contours of shadow without ever letting us forget the transformative

power of light.

--Kaethe Schwehn, author of The Rending and the Nest


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New edition of Mary's PEN-award-nominated novel, Qualities of Light!

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Interview in Rappahannock Review, December 2022

Rappahannock Review Fiction Editors: We were drawn to the vivid imagery when reading Simon’s premonition-like dream in “Breathing Room.” During your drafting process, how did you go about creating and structuring these scenes?

Mary Carroll Moore: I’m a visual artist as well as a writer; I paint landscapes en plein air in the Impressionist style and have sold and exhibited my art internationally. I’m grateful to be equally passionate about two creative outlets, because when one dries up for a while, I switch to the other. Read more.


"Breathing Room," short story published in Rappahannock Review, December 2022

In a dream, Simon Ayers saw himself leading a different life. He had had the same dream several times since Addie was diagnosed. That was two years ago, but the dream was occurring with more frequency now that her cancer had metastasized.

Simon never told Addie about the dream because she wasn’t in it. He felt both guilty and relieved. Read more.


"Exchanging Secrets," published in Fictive Dream, November 2022

"Hearing Voices," published in The Airgonaut, October 2022