Mary Monica Pulver was born in Terre Haute, Indiana. She was a journalist in the U.S. Navy for six and a half years. In 1983, she sold her first short story, Pass the Word, to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. Since then, her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. She published her first mystery novel, Murder at the War, in 1987 using the name Mary Monica Pulver. She also wrote The Unforgiving Minutes, Ashes to Ashes, Original Sin and Show Stopper under this name. Under the name Margaret Frazer, she and Gail Frazer wrote six medieval mysteries including The Novice's Tale, The Outlaw's Tale, and The Murderer's Tale. She writes the Needlecraft Mystery series under the pen name of Monica Ferris. She has also written under the name of Mary Kuhfeld.