Biography ~


Although M. S. Spencer has lived in Chicago, Boston, New York, France, Morocco, Turkey, Egypt, and England, the last 30 years have been spent mostly in Washington, D.C. as a librarian, Congressional staff assistant, speechwriter, editor, birdwatcher, kayaker, policy wonk, non-profit director and parent.  Once she escaped academia, she worked for the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Department of the Interior, in several library systems, both public and academic, and at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.  She holds a BA from Vassar College, a Diploma in Arabic Studies from the American University in Cairo, and Masters in Anthropology and in Library Science from the University of Chicago.  She divides her time among Virginia, Maine and Florida.  All of this tends to insinuate itself into her works.

 Ms. Spencer has two fabulous grown children, Spencer and Emma. She has only one cat (down from three, plus the dog, the snake and the hamster). It’s a quiet household now, but since her study window looks on a park and river there is plenty of wildlife to distract her from her writing.

Writing as M. S. Spencer, she has published two contemporary romance novels, Lost in His Arms and Lost and Found, both bestsellers at ( ).  She has a third contemporary romantic suspense novel, due to be released by Secret Cravings Publishing ( in July. In Losers Keepers Dagne Lonegan’s advice column begins to mirror her life when a murder is committed her first week on Chincoteague, while two lovers vie for her affections.  Her fourth, Triptych, will be published in November by Secret Cravings.  Set in Washington DC above the three rocks known as the Three Sisters, I weave three stories in and out of legend, modern romance and past intrigue.

Lost and Found (2010) received a rave review from Melissa’s Imaginarium and four stars from Icy Snow Blackstone. Her first book, Lost in His Arms (released September 2009 from Red Rose) received 5 Divas from Dark Diva Reviews, and a 5-star review from Amazon,  wonderful reviews from Melissa’s Imaginarium  and Toni Sweeney, as well as 5 Roses PLUS from Rebecca Rose.  Her books are available at,,,, and