My Books

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Well THAT Was Funny

If laughter is what you need then this book is for you! This anthology holds 101 reasons to laugh out loud. My contribution is titled, STUCK!
My story is about one of my most embarrassing moments. Life is hard and laughing at yourself makes everything better.
I’m sending out a special thank you to all of our USPS workers, especially the mail carriers who keep going through the hot weather in the south and the freezing weather up north. And let’s not forget the inside postal workers during our holiday rush. Thank you all.
This Amy Newmark book is available May 2023. Buy Now

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Advice that Changed My Life

A few words of wisdom changed my life, and now I’m sharing them with you! Read my story, Assertive vs Aggressive in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Advice that Changed My Life. Available March 2023. Find it in your local bookstore or purchase online. Read 101 true stories of epiphanies and wise words written by people just like you and me.

Thrills and Chills, 2022 FWA Collections Contest

The Florida Writers Association’s 2022 Collections vol #14, Thrills and Chills released October 2022 at the FWA Awards Banquet in Orlando, FL. I am excited to say, my story, The Final Waltz, will be included in this anthology.


Chicken Soup For the Soul – Too Funny!

Everyone can use some laughter. Here in Chicken Soup for the Soul – Too Funny! You’ll find 101 Hilarious stories to brighten your days.

May 1st is World Laughter Day. Why not treat your family and friends to this collection of funny stories.

Check out my story, The Name Game, a childhood identity crisis that leads to an aha! moment of finally understanding nick-names.

Too Funny! launched on April 19, 2022 and is available at Retail stores and online now,

Volunteer to be a Judge

If you’re ever invited to judge a writing contest, do it! What a great experience. I found myself reviewing the rules of our craft. This not only helps with judging, it makes us better writers.

Always keep in mind how you feel while being judged in contests. Be kind and honest. Writers helping writers is the goal.

I’m looking forward to reading the winning stories. I wonder if any will be stories I judged!

Readings are a joy!

Beach Fun Super Fans!

Meet Sandy Gull Word Search

Enjoying a Book Signing at Opening Day at the Ball Park!

Book signings are always an honor and a great time.

You’re a Writer – Wear it proudly!

Merry Christmas to me, from my wonderful Nephew Patrick, who is so supportive. I love them.

Picture Prompts – My favorite inspirations

I took this photo while walking on the Beach in Brigantine, NJ.

Let your imagination tell the story of this picture.

I’d love to read your tale!

Rehoboth Beach Reads Contributing Authors – Zoom Meet-up

Covid19 didn’t stop authors from getting together. We enjoyed hearing about each other’s accomplishments.

I am in the upper left corner and our Editor/Publisher of Cat & Mouse Press, Nancy Sakaduski is in the upper right corner.

Thank you Nancy!

Author and Co-founder of the Florida Gulf Coast Writer’s Circle

Nina Ward and Mary Staller enjoy a day at the FWA Conference. Check out the link above to read about Nina’s books and interests.

Indie Author and member of the Florida Writer’s Circle


Dee Stewart is a writer of Romantic Suspense. You may find her books on or join her for lively conversations on Facebook.



Meet Sandy Gull Super Fans!

Mary Staller is Co-founder of this Writers group along with author Nina Ward

Members of our writers group show off our new logo. We began this group in 2017 and are still going strong!

Chicken Soup for the Soul – My Clever, Curious, Caring Cat – My Contribution is Learning to Be Sassy

My Clever, Curious, Caring Cat is an anthology of true cat stories written by their owners. My story, Learning to Be Sassy appears here. Release date is September 14, 2021. Purchase this book at   To Read More

Footprints My Contribution is A One-Legged Seagull

My rhyming flash fiction piece, A One-Legged Seagull, is one of the top sixty entries included in this years collection book, volume 13, Footprints. This annual flash fiction contest is run by the Florida Writers Association. This year’s theme was “footprints” and we were instructed to interpret this theme in any way we chose. The release date for the book is October 14, 2021. To preorder this book               Read More to see a photo of the original seagull who inspired this story.

Imagine Your Story Flash Fiction 2020 – My Contributions are A Nod to the Bell and The Tip

Imagine Your Story

As participants in a national Summer Reading Program, the Pasco County Libraries primary goal is to encourage patrons to keep their minds active and curious by reading and recording their hours. In 2020, the Collaborative Library Summer Program was themed, “Imagine Your Story”. The Land O’Lakes Library announced a flash fiction contest asking the community to submit short pieces of fiction, totaling no more than 500 words to this collaborative project. The prompt was to explore the possibilities of imaginative story-telling. Take something ordinary and give it new life. Two of my stories, The Tip and A Nod to the Bell, are included in this book. This is a library lending book and not available for sale. It is a lending library book. Learn more about the inspiration for these stores read more

I love the idea of sharing stories with my community. This book is available in August 2021.

Beach Fun – My contribution is Where’s Miss Birdie?

Beach Fun, is one in a collection of award-winning Rehoboth Beach Reads, a series of anthologies. The stories are judged and chosen through an annual contest edited and produced by Nancy Sakaduski of Cat & Mouse Press and sponsored by Browseabout Books located on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk. These books are available on Amazon or you may support your local bookstores by ordering from Browseabout Bookstore in Rehoboth Beach, DE.

My story, Where’s Miss Birdie? may be found on page 81 and was honored with a Judge’s Award. All of the stories in this series are wonderful beach reads that incorporate areas in and around Rehoboth Beach or surrounding beach towns. Read More  to find out about Miss Birdie and what inspired this story.

Meet Sandy Gull by Mary Staller

While relaxing by the water one day, I watched the rascally antics of a very big seagull. When that bird swiped a bag of potato chips from a sleeping sunbather’s beach bag, my mind began to create. The children’s rhyming picture book, Meet Sandy Gull, emerged. The expressive and colorful illustrations by the talented Jim Hunt helped bring my characters to life. This book is available on Amazon and other online retailers.

Read More to learn about the journey this fun children’s book has taken.

True Romance Magazine-My contribution is Fated to Love and Say Good-bye

I LOVED interviewing people and creating a good story from the information they so graciously provided.My story Fated to Love and Say Goodbye, was featured on the cover of this issue and begins on page 15. This was the first short story I ever wrote and submitted. This was published in November 1989. I remember seeing those magazines stored in an old leather ottoman at my aunt’s beach house when I was a little girl. After that wonderful stroke of publishing luck, I was hooked on writing. I wrote assignment stories for local newspapers including human interest pieces while working full time and raising my son.

I am a big fan of fiction writing and creative nonfiction.