Maureen Jabour emigrated from South Africa to the United States with her family in 1979. In South Africa, several of her short stories were published in P.E.N. New South African Writing.
She was gardening editor for Colorado Homes and Lifestyles magazine for several years. Her gardening books, Celebrating a Small English Garden, A Medley of Gardens, and Magical Gardens were on the local best seller list for many weeks. Celebrating a Small English Garden was a finalist in the Colorado Center for the Book Award.
For twenty years there were tours of her garden followed by an English tea. These tours benefited the National Kidney Foundation, and the Women’s Library Association, which raises money for the University of Denver’s Penrose Library.
She lives with her husband in Golden, Colorado.
What inspires you to write?
Being an author and writing a book is much like being a gardener and tending to a garden. And you all know how much I enjoy my gardening.
Just like gardening begins with good soil preparation and the scattering of seeds, writing a book begins with a simple idea that is planted in the mind.
As long as the soil in the garden is fertile and full of nutrients, the seeds will begin to grow. As an author, I carry the idea for a book in my mind where I continually mull over it. I nurture the idea with thoughts of plots, characters and themes until I am finally ready to plant the ideas on a piece of paper – and that is when I begin typing.
Much like gardens thrive when showered with constant attention, including food, water and light, a book begins to grow from words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into chapters, until finally a novel is born.
In a garden, the first sighting of a sapling which has broken ground and transformed itself into a beautiful flower is a remarkable and magical experience.
Tell us about your writing process.
Writing a novel requires much patience and belief in an idea whose time has finally come. It requires dedication as it is involves the investment of precious resources, such as time and energy, which appear to be in short supply for everyone these days.
But the rewards are great. When I sit in my garden under the shade of a tree, I delight in the beauty and simplicity of the flowers that surround me, the very seeds that have grown, developed and matured over time.
Much like now. It is with great joy that I sit back and watch as my novel, Too Late for Regrets, is brought to life.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to publish through a small publishing company called Montana Moon Productions in Santa Monica, CA. Choosing them has allowed me to participate in the publishing and marketing processes without relinquishing control of my book. They value my input and act accordingly.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Self-publishing or publishing through small publishing groups will change the industry; writers now have the opportunity to get their art out for the world to see without having to give up their intellectual property or a majority of their royalties.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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