Maureen is a wife, mother, and grandmother first. She lives in a small, quaint New England town that she shares with her husband, Eddie, and their tiger cat, Grueby. They are antique collectors and just love a good auction and/or flea market. Eddie introduced her to vintage jewelry, specifically, Bakelite jewelry, for which she used her knowledge of the Bakelite jewelry to write her first children’s book. She took some of the names of the Bakelite plastic bangle bracelets to use as some of the names of the characters in her book (i.e., Applejuice, Butterscotch, Pearl, etc.).
Maureen worked for more than 20 years in the public sector as a secretary in the main office of a local high school in my area. She enjoys being creative, sewing, painting, crafting and always enjoyed journaling, as well. Just recently, she decided to try her luck with writing and wrote a poem for an amateur poetry contest. It encouraged her to continue on with her writing and prompted her to write, “The Bling Fairies of Junkett Falls.” The book is about little fairies that live out of our jewelry boxes. “Have you ever gone to your jewelry box to grab a piece of jewelry, only to find it is in a big tangled mess of gems and jewels, when you know full well, that when you left it last, it was nice and neat and organized? You say, how does this happen?” Blame it on the Bling Fairies!
The book has opened some new doors for Maureen. She attended a Pitch Festival held in LA last September 2014, where she pitched the book and its story to the Hollywood Film Industry held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. It is available via Xlibris online bookstore, Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble, and Ebooks. One can also contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. She’s also a member of SCBWI and on various book related websites.
And now for the “tiny” interview.
ME: What is your favorite word in the English language and why?
MAUREEN: My favorite word in the English language is the word “Try”, because it represents much about us and how our life story evolves, if we just “Try.”
ME: A very strong word full of meaning.
ME: If you were stuck on a deserted island forever, and you could bring one book to read for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
MAUREEN: I would have to say that I would want the book to be “The Bridges of Madison County”, because the main character in the story is a woman who (while her husband and two children are off to a county fair with their prize animals), falls passionately in love with a stranger who comes to town to take photos of nearby historical bridges. So many women can relate to this woman and how she became lost within her routine marriage while taking care of her children, etc. We, as women, lose ourselves and our true identity, as we wind up putting ourselves and our needs last. The stranger brings out the desire and passion in her as she rediscovers herself and her body, her buried passion and desires, hopes and dreams. It would be exciting to end up on an island with this book and that perfect stranger.
ME: Here, here.
Me: Describe your writing style in one sentence:
Maureen: Because I am a first time author, I am still learning about my style, however, I am feeling that my style leans toward humor with a bit of quirkiness thrown in.
ME: A good laugh never hurt anyone. We need more of it.
Me: If you could spend a day with one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?
MAUREEN: I would say the character, “Sarachie”(Bling Fairies), as she is sister to the main character, “Velvy.” She suffers from low self-esteem as she is not as pretty as her sister and has a weight problem, (both issues that I can relate to). However, I would want to spend time with her to teach her and let her know that she is beautiful no matter what shape and size she is and that the people who matter in this world, love her unconditionally.
ME: Something kids can easily relate to.
ME: What genre have you not written in but would love to try?
MAUREEN: A Romance novel. I think it would be interesting to see how I would create the characters, write the story, and navigate the plot.
Maureen, thank you so much for being part of my blog. Write everyday and never stop perfecting the craft. I wish you much success with your book.