About me ...

Hi, I'm Mary-Claire Hanlon ...

I’m committed to helping people to appreciate and boldly embrace who they are and who they can be, which entails honest self-evaluation and reflection.

What I do and what I write, can lead to deep transformation.

In terms of my literary heritage, my influences include authors such as -

Helen Castor

John Man

Rachel Naomi Remen

Pearl S Buck

Georgette Heyer

Susan Howatch

Anne Rice

Barbara Erskine

Anita Diamant

Anne O'Brien

Neale Donald Walsch

Monte Farber and Amy Zerner

Jean M Auel

Raymond E Feist

So, if you're familiar with any of those authors, you'll realise that I'm interested in historical biographies and fiction, first and foremost, with a sprinkling of fantasy and spiritualism thrown in. I like to learn, but from a comfy chair!

Pearl S Buck was the one who took me from girlhood to grown-up; her novels were heart-wrenchingly real and heartbreakingly tragic. I think her books were the first historical fictions I ever read; and I could never get enough. More recently, Anne O'Brien, Anita Diamant, John Man and Helen Castor have inspired me and satisfied a need in me for well-balanced characters telling their truths intelligently.


As I look over the list above, I see people with great investigative abilities, who have researched their subjects (both protagonists and the culture of their times) so painstakingly, and told their stories so warmly, that I have felt a part of those lives. I am thankful for their inspiration and skill.

You'll see that there are no self-help authors on that list. The truth is, that I don't ever find myself drawn to self-help books. I acknowledge their value, but they just don't attract me.

So, as much as I write "self-help" books, my style is nothing like the usual self-help book. I usually start with a story, a fiction with which to resonate. This gives my readers the chance to ponder the concept of "another life"; and the idea that there is a place for chance, but also for choice, in our existence. Rather than overwhelming the reader with lots of words and references, I prefer my books to feel like a conversation.

Please check out my workshop testimonials here.

Please check out my book and blog remarks here.

My credentials: Bachelor of Science, Honours in Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy in Psychiatry.

My PubFacts Profile (for scientific publications) is here.

My PubMatch Profile (for literary purposes) is here.

Here's a bio that you can use when advertising me for your seminar, conference, trade show, planning day, or workshop (it's under 100 words; please include the hyperlinks):

Self-help author and internationally-sought-after public speaker, Dr Mary-Claire Hanlon runs The Centre of Serendipity, independently publishing books that facilitate self-transformation. An engaging adult educator and speaker, awarded for her mental health research, Mary-Claire uses psychological techniques to creatively produce change. She holds a Bachelor of Science, Honours in Psychology, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychiatry.

Mary-Claire has written two self-help books. Her first book, [RE]BIRTH, is about self-awareness. Her second book, Study Skills for Success, is designed to help learners to learn better! Readers love her gentleness and depth, and her easy writing style.

The Centre of Serendipity (c) 2020


The Centre Of Serendipity

The aim of The Centre of Serendipity is to foster wellbeing and empower transformation through easy meditations and eBooks.

Click through for awesome meditations and the BEST SELF HELP BOOKS EVER - especially the best self help books for men and students!!

©2018 Mary-Claire Hanlon - The Centre Of Serendipity

All rights reserved.