Maggie previously worked for Book Business magazine as Marketing Director. She spent the last 12 years creating and implementing all marketing plan initiatives for the magazine and was responsible for all of the magazine’s events, both face-to-face and virtual.
She is a graduate of Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ and resides in Glassboro, NJ with her husband Chris and her two children Matthew (10) and Andrew (5).
She first told the story of a boy and his love for jellybeans to her then 2 and a half year old son Matthew.
Her husband was deployed in Iraq at the time and this story was the bribe that got her son to sleep in his own bed at night. Sleep was hard to come by as it was. Having a two year old rolling around all night in your bed didn’t exactly bring a restful night either.
To Maggie this book is more than a story about two brother’s love for jellybeans – ALL of them and their plan to get Mom to let them eat them morning, noon and night. It is more than a lesson of moderation and letting your kids learn a lesson on their own.
To Maggie it brought a few giggle-filled moments with her son at the end of some very long and trying days. It is for this reason she decided to dedicate the book, not just to her husband and her boys, but to all of the troops and their kids. She knows that her and her boys were not alone … not the only parent on full-time “night-night duty” … not the only child missing their parent … and not the only wife missing their husband.
Long story short, she decided to hire an illustrator, work with an editor and turn that fun any-time story about jellybeans into “Jellybeans Morning, Noon & Night.”
What inspires you to write?
My kids are definitely my muses for the children’s books I write and publish. For example, for my second book … It was three weeks before Christmas while my family and I stood bundled on the platform awaiting to board New Hope Pennsylvania’s Polar Express. My son mentioned the phrase, “like an elf under cover” in conversation.
Maybe it was because it was so close to Christmas. Maybe it was because I was doing something merry like getting ready to take a train ride, drink hot chocolate and sing Christmas carols. Or maybe it was because I was feeling a bit elf-ish (or impish) myself 😉
Whatever it was … It was in that moment that my second book “Elf Under Cover” was born! That very same night (at about 3 in the morning), I wrote this impishly fun Christmas story.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is an any time of the day or night thing. I am always jotting story ideas that I’d like to write about. Sometimes (like with Elf Under Cover), it starts with just the title of the book and goes from there. Other times I write and write and write, but still remain unsatisfied with the product. So I continue to write and re-write. Basically wherever I am, no matter what time – my thinking cap is always on and my iPhone is always handy to jot any idea I may have down.
What advice would you give other writers?
My best advice is to be open to creative ideas, not just for writing, but for promotion.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Having worked in the publishing industry for more than 12 years and being an Army wife helped give me the confidence to not just self publish, but create a publishing company … Pinwheel Publishing LLC. I published my first book under this company and will list my second (Elf Under Cover) under this company as well. I hope to be able to help others achieve their publishing dreams as well.
Being an indie publisher is not the right route for everyone. There are so many tools for authors these days like print-on-demand, selling digital only, etc. I would also consider sending your manuscript to the publisher of your dreams. You never know what the outcome might be and it would be nice not having to do everything and pay for everything 😉
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it is an exciting and evolving time for book publishing right now, especially with the explosion of self publishing and advancements of ebooks and apps. It is thrilling and at the same time quite terrifying 😉 LOL to be a part of it.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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