Born and raised in Ohio, Maggie now resides in Colorado with her husband, Wayne, aging cockapoo, Teddy Bear, and crazy cat, Patches.
Maggie earned her Bachelor’s degree in English and Professional Writing from Wright State University and has completed the Apprentice and Craftsman programs with the Christian Writers Guild. She has served in a number of offices for her American Christian Fiction Writers chapter and also writes Christian fiction under the name of Linda Abels.
Maqgie’s debut publication, Dead Man Walking – Book 1 – Misadventures of the Cholua Brothers premiered in the fall of 2014. Book 2 – Pistols and Petticoats premiered in the summer of 2015, and Book 3 – Bonanza Beans is scheduled to premier late fall 2015.
Maggie is a syndicated columnist with a weekly column in the oldest newspaper in Colorado, The Weekly Register-Call and a bi-weekly column in the Colorado Gambler.
When she’s not entertaining her readers with a novel perspective of the old west, she’s most likely traversing the spiraling back roads of her Colorado foothills.
A CHAT WITH MAGGIE
Q – Family Life?
A – I have been married to my husband Wayne since 1997. We have five grown children, thirteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.I am the oldest of four siblings and my parents are deceased.
Q- What are your hobbies?
A – I love to work with my hands doing crafts, reading and sometimes gardening.
I have a large fairy garden in the front of my house that took me three years to cultivate. I enjoy working with the various fairies, fairy houses, etc. trimming and sometimes replacing the flowers. Most of them are perennials.
My favorite hobby that helps me stop the “Monkeys in the Mango Tree” that clutter my brain most of the time is to color in special coloring books designed by Christian artist P. J. C. Smart and Joanna Basford.
Q – What is your Favorite color?
A – Though red is my favorite color in clothing, in most things I love earth tones.
Q- What is your favorite movie?
A – Harvey with Jimmy Stewart or Roger Rabbit.
Q- What is your favorite song?
A- Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers
Q- What is your favorite worship song?
A- My Redeemer Lives by Nicole C. Mullen
Q- What is your favorite book?
A- After the Bible, it would be Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
Q – How did you get started in writing?
A – I’ve always enjoyed writing, but never kept journals or diaries. I just love to make up stories and live with my characters for a time. If I had a class in college that required a written report or a paper as a major part of the grade I could usually ace the class.
Q – Why do you write?
A – To take my readers to another time and place and introduce them to characters they can relate to. We all need an escape from the horrors and sadness of this world and our busy lives. I hope my stories bring a smile to my readers’ faces, frequent gasps, and an occasional tear or two.
Q – What message would you like your readers to gain from your fiction?
A – That life gets messy. No one is perfect. We all fall short. That God has a bigger plan than we can see. That God has a sense of humor.
Q – What is you favorite Bible verse?
A – Ephesians 3:20 Now glory be to God, by his mighty power at work within us he is able to able to accomplish infinitely more than we could ever ask.
Q – What are your writing goals?
A –That God will use my stories to bring light into the darkness of someone’s world.
Q – What advice would you give a new writer?
A – If you must write or you’ll go crazy, then you’re a writer. It’s not about fame or fortune. Writers are among the most underpaid of any profession for their time invested. Keep at it.
- Join a Christian writers group or find a secular writers group that is encouraging and positive. Be careful not to let yourself be belittled or discouraged by a group that only criticizes and does not offer constructive criticism and encouragement.
- Attend writing seminars and conferences and take classes to learn the craft.
- READ.There are some really great craft books on writing available at your local library. I highly recommend Writing for the Soul by Jerry Jenkins and A Memoir on the Craft of Writing by Steven King as two great books to begin with. Read books written in the genre you will be writing . Most of all–READ.
- Learn the craft but don’t let the rules overshadow your creativity.
- Don’t box yourself into a specific genre or type of writing. Set yourself free to write whatever God puts on your heart.
Q – How and when did you become a Christian?
A – For most of my life, I believed I was a Christian. My family did not attend church with regularity, but we attended a number of different churches of a variety of denominations. As an adult, I pretty much did the same. In 2001, I learned there is more to being a Christian than attending church. Although, corporate worship is essential to leading a Christian life, being a Christian is about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and walking with him every day, 24 hours day. I confessed my sins and accepted his salvation through the cross. Today, my life is much different and much more fulfilled because of that relationship.