Maggie Shelton

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Jan 18th 2016

Welcome to WA, Maggie. I hope you will enjoy it here and find it useful! We are a friendly bunch :)

Jan 18th 2016

Hello Maggie and a big welcome!

Love the photos you posted. Anything you need to know please ask.

Look forward to getting to know you and your work. 

Jan 18th 2016

Welcome to WA, Maggie. Just shout if you need any help. Look forward to seeing you around the site.

Welcome to my Profile Page.
Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I believe those of us who have spent so many years abroad see the world in a fundamentally different way. This has brought me many blessings, but at the same time left within me a sense of loneliness and a deep sadness that I could not connect with people who shared this perspective. Then I joined More Writers Abroad and discovered not only a community of expats but also writers! Iím so excited to again be amongst such friends. I hope I can offer to the members of WA what I know I will be able to receive.

I spent my childhood and young adulthood in Nigeria, Brazil, Ethiopia and Iran. After raising our four children in California, my husband and I moved to Mexico to live and then later split our time between Arizona and China. We presently reside in Arizona but fly our Cessna airplane back and forth to our second home in Baja, Mexico frequently. We are both pilots and have owned small airplanes since the 1980ís, which weíve used to explore the Western United States and Mexico.

Iíve been writing most of my life while making a living as a business owner. My non-fiction has appeared in travel, family, women and flying magazines, trade magazines for the dry cleaning and laundry business as well as newspapers, all in both print and on-line. My fiction, usually in the form of short stories, was published in various anthologies and magazine, also on-line and print. Two of my short screenplays were used in the Beat the Clock IFP Phoenix 48 Hour Film Challenge, and I enjoyed moderate success in selling a self-published book entitled ďThe Red Lacquer BridgeĒ, a historical account of a Japanese settlement in Los Angeles County at the turn of the century.

Family is important to me and ours is never dull. Our oldest son married a woman from Mexico, our third son a woman from China, and our daughter married a first generation Italian-American. Our second son married an American woman who speaks fluent Spanish and had taught their two sons the language also. As a result we have six bilingual grandchildren and a mix of languages always provides a lovely background at our family gatherings.

These days I divide my time between my day job, family, writing and getting in some blue-grass and folk music jamming when I can. I was one of the founding members of More Writers Abroad, later known as Expat Writers, and I am so pleased to become a member of Writers Abroad. I look forward to getting to know everyone here and contributing to this fine group of authors.