Mary Berman writes mostly – but not exclusively – fantasy and science fiction, both adult and YA. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Mississippi, where she was a Graduate Excellence Fellow. She also has a BA in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University, and she studied English at St. Anne's College at the University of Oxford.

She has taught undergraduate fiction workshops, co-hosted the Broken English Reading Series in Oxford, Mississippi, and served as the Logistics Chair for BinderCon New York, a writers’ conference aimed at rectifying the gender imbalance in publishing, journalism, and entertainment media. She is an Associate Member of SFWA, a member of the Codex Writers' Forum, and a first reader for the interactive fiction magazine sub-Q.

In her spare time, Mary practices taekwondo and antagonizes her cat.