Mary Ann Wagner’s love for nature is what inspires her to write. Her children’s stories are about critters that surround her in the country, and Mary Ann also writes children’s poetry as little songs and games. Mary Ann’s writing comes naturally. She has a knack for turning events into poetry or stories. Being an artist, she illustrates some of her books. She enjoys watching children’s reactions when they hear her stories.
The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.