Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Byers  

Pen Name: Mary M. Byers


Born: 1962 in Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Illinois Connection

Mary currently lives in Chatham, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary M. Byers is a professional speaker and freelance writer. She’s the author of ''The Mother Load'' and is a frequent media guest on women’s topics. Mary is a former advertising director, senior–level association manager, and entrepreneur.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Mother Load: How to Meet Your Own Needs While Caring for Your Family (Hearts at Home)
ISBN: 0736915028

Harvest House Publishers. 2005

Motherhood is an intense, ’round–the–clock job. To stay healthy and happy, moms need friends, laughter, solitude, balance, and an intimate relationship with the Lord. But exactly how do moms meet these needs while juggling family responsibilities? Mary Byers, the mother of two lively young kids, shares how moms can find small pockets of time to—

  • rest and refuel
  • create personal space
  • make time for friendship, exercise, and intimacy
  • identify and prevent “balance busters” that create chaos
  • creatively stay sane in the midst of mothering

The Mother Load offers down–to–earth suggestions, spiritual truths, and real–life advice from moms to help women survive and thrive in today’s active families. Includes questions for group discussion and personal reflection.

The S.O.S. for PMS: Practical Help and Relief for Moms (Sandy's Tea Society)
ISBN: 0736921702

Harvest House Publishers. 2008

Gather any group of moms together and the topic of frustrating PMS symptoms rises up in conversation along with the guilt and concern about its effects on family members. Now Mary Byers, author of The Mother Load, offers mothers encouragement, help, and camaraderie as she shares:

  • women's stories--the good, bad, and the hopeful
  • overlooked symptoms and how to manage them
  • foods and activities to avoid or indulge in
  • God's first aid for stress, depression, and anxiety
  • a call for help--how husbands can come to the aid of their wives

This gathering of useful advice and shared experiences will comfort readers who have ever felt alone in their PMS plight and will inspire healthier lifestyles, relationships, and daily choices for all women.



Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

, contact the author via her website Author can speak on the topics of her books. She's also able to talk about "How to Get Published in Five Wasy Steps" and is willing to do kids' presentations to teach them how to think more creatively as authors.