FAQ

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About me.

My first visit to Yellowstone National Park was at age four.  I’m told it snowed on us on the Fourth of July while we were there. I spent most of my childhood summers in the back seat of a car, traveling with my parents to almost every national park west of the
Mississippi and a great many places in between.

I have a bachelor’s degree in British and American literature and
history, a master’s degree in library science, and a certificate
in museum studies.  I was a reference librarian, aka a professional dilettante, for sixteen years.  I have also worked as an independent museum curator and exhibit designer.

Other things I love include quilting, gardening, meteorology, and the travel bug I inherited from my father, including multiple trips back to my favorite Grand Geyser and the rest of Yellowstone.  I live on the rainy side of the Cascade mountains within easy reach of my other favorite national park, Mt. Rainier.

You can contact me via email here.

What have you written?

My most recent novel is Reunion, which is a ghost story.  Or is it time travel?  It is the second novel in a series called Tales of the
Unearthly Northwest, which also includes the novel Sojourn and the short story “New Year’s Eve in Conconully.”  I am about to begin the third novel set in this universe.

My first series is historical adventure, with a bit of romance and a bit of time travel, set mostly in the North American west.  They are, in order, Repeating History, True Gold, “Homesick,” (a short
story) and Finding Home.  This series is complete.

I’ve also written a contemporary romance, which is also a novelized homage to the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing, set in a small town in Montana.  It is titled, appropriately enough,  Much Ado in Montana.

I’ve also written a travel memoir that branches off in a completely
different direction.  It’s called Cross-Country:  Adventures alone across America and back, and it chronicles a journey I took by car for three months back just before the turn of the millennium.

What do you write in general?

I am fascinated by the possibilities of what if.  The memories of place that some people call ghosts, the möbius effect of time
travel.  You won’t find vampires or werewolves in my books, I’m afraid.  Or horror.  I am more interested in the potential effects of the fantastic on normal folks, and in inserting it into well-
researched historical events, populated mostly by people who really lived.

I’m also an avid student of the road, and Cross-Country will not be my last travel adventure book.

Where can I buy your books?

Just about anywhere digital books are sold — Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes — and just about anywhere print books are sold — CreateSpace, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and
independent bookstores like Powells in Portland, Oregon, which is one of my favorite bookstores of all time.  You can even request them from your local library.  Each book’s page has links for
purchase.

What does M.M. stand for?

Mary Margaret.  But the only person who got away with calling me that was my mother.   Otherwise I go by Meg, except in some online
venues where I’m Megaera.  This rather furious nickname (it’s the British spelling of the name of one of the Greek Furies) was
given to me by James Bryant, a fellow listee from the Lois McMaster Bujold mailing list.  Ms. Bujold is one of my two alltime favorite writers, the other being the late lamented Barbara Mertz (who wrote as Barbara Michaels and  Elizabeth Peters), and their books are two of my oldest fandoms.  If I ever write half as well as Ms. Bujold does and Ms. Mertz did, I will die happy.