Welcome Maureen. Tell us a bit about yourself.I write novels for teens, adults and anyone who loves reading. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was six. I came to novels through writing and publishing poetry. One day I realized that if I didn’t pursue my dreams, it just might never happen. The Peculiars, a steam-punk adventure, debuted in May 2012 and I have two more YA books coming out next year also with Abrams/Amulet: Beyond the Door and Time Out of Time. I still write poetry and publish in literary journals. I teach writing at Columbia Basin College and I visit schools as often as I can.
Library Love When You Were a Cub
We have a new library in our town Richland, WA. It has floor length windows and a fireplace. I love to bring my laptop there in the winter and write while I watch the snow fall.
Libraries are so deep a part of my subconscious that they show up in all my books, but I didn’t realize that until recently. In The Peculiars, Mr. Beasely’s Zepher house has a fantastic library of artifacts and books. And it’s full of mysteries as all good libraries are. Lena and Jimson Quiggly end up working there. In Beyond the Door (Amulet fall 2013) and Time Out of Time (Amulet spring 2013) a librarian accompanied by a shapeshifting wolf helps three teens on their quest to find the Stone of Destiny and their true identities.Libraries open the world to students. I know this, as a teacher, as a reader, as a writer. What better to place to put our tax dollars than into a place that opens our imaginations, shows other points of view and teaches us what it means to be human?
Hooray for ALA!
(photo-with Editor and VP of Abrams/Amulet)
(ALA Abrams booth)
A Lion’s Pride of Programs
(Park Middle School)
Maybe it’s all the years I spent in the classroom, but there’s nothing better than talking to students about writing.
(photo collage—Park Middle School)
And I try to do as many visits as I can each year often with my writing friend Stephen Wallenfels. Teachers and librarians can browse through our school visit menu on my website. We recently presented a high school workshop on building conflict.
(Maureen and Steve in Tinhat)
This year I’m looking forward to Cavalcade of Authors in Richland, WA organized by librarian Michelle Lane. Great authors, lots of student readers and a whole day to talk about books!
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Thank you, Maureen, for your terrific interview!
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