Just announced: Margo is the winner of the 2019 Tom Howard/John H. Reid prize!
As I’ve grown as a reader, I’ve grown as a writer. It seems as though I started reading at birth – anything and everything, from the magic of Madeline and the wild horses of Marguerite Henry, through Nancy Drew and the Bobsey twins.
As a young adult, I made a career of my writing. I left graduate school (French literature and the work of 17th Century writers and philosophers) to become editor-in-chief of a small home-town newspaper, then moved to corporate jobs editing company newsletters and writing executive speeches. At 40, I was named senior vice president of the pharmaceutical and chemical giant Bayer Corporation. I was at the top of my game, and more miserable by the day, too exhausted to read or write. At 46, I stunned my family, my husband and colleagues when I quit my job, left the gray, drizzly skies of the Midwest and moved to Tucson to write and paint full time.
Over the years, I've been drawn more and more – both reading and writing – to nonfiction: biographies, memoirs, personal essays. My own memoir is in the process of seeking representation.
You can read more on my blog