Mary Ladd’s reported stories include meat dresses, dough throwing pizza champions, and withered sexuality. She started writing professionally at the San Francisco Chronicle and later collaborated with Anthony Bourdain. Ladd teaches at the Writers Grotto and regularly presents at Bay Area Young Survivors, Breast Cancer Action, Litquake, the Community of Writers, and Wildfire events. Ladd is the author of The Wig Diaries which debuted at #1 for breast cancer books on Amazon and received feature coverage in W Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and Lithub. She has contributed to six anthologies and in 2020 authored Write it Down: Pandemic Writing Prompts.