MEET Mari


+1.219.554 9038

7216 Birch Ave Hammond IN 46324 US

Hello and welcome!


I'm Mari Lumpkin Barnes. I write for children under the pen name of Mari Lumpkin and for adults as ML Barnes. I earned degrees, a BA in Liberal Arts and an MA in Communications & Training, from Governors State University in Illinois. I have nearly 40 years of editorial experience and have spent many years working with experts in child development, creating and implementing children’s literacy programs. I live with The World’s Greatest Husband and a temperamental garden in Hammond, Indiana.


I established Flying Turtle Publishing in 2008. As the Chief Everything Wrangler, I both write and engage other authors in creating works that are part of Flying Turtle’s meticulously amassed offering of books for children in Pre-K through Middle School. Subjects addressed include: Civics, Nutrition, Math, Social/Emotional, Reading and Fantasy Fiction.


I'd love to hear from you. Thanks for visiting!