Almost penniless after her marriage ended in divorce, Margaret took a job as a receptionist, bought a second-hand typewriter, and started writing magazine articles about nature, the great outdoors, faith, and Native American traditions. Checks were few and far between but eventually she earned enough money to buy a computer and write two travel guides, Along the High Road and Remembering, both published by Sunstone Press in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The writers group she belonged to enjoyed Margaret's non-fiction stories but they believed she had something more to offer readers – namely fiction. After a lot of encouragement, advice, and prodding, she wrote Egret Cove, a fun-filled novel about the adventures of sixty-something Angela Dunn who, not knowing what else to do, sells her belongings, loads her half-blind dog into the car, and reluctantly moves to an Over-55 trailer park in south Florida where she encounters some extraordinary people who turn her life upside down.
Written in the up-and-coming Lady-Lit genre (no swearing, no violence, no overt sex), Egret Cove proves that even though most women "of a certain age” don't have perky breasts, wear stiletto heels, or eat whatever their hearts desire, they still have a lot of life to live and a lot of love to give. Drawing on her own experiences, Margaret takes Egret Cove readers on rollicking escapades in Key West, South Beach, and even on a cruise with her love interest. Aside from fun, however, the book deals with life and some of its problems – including a hurricane.
But, no matter what else happens, life goes on. And so, Margaret decided to write more about her heroine, the people she meets, and the places she goes. In book two, Angela moves to rural West Virginia, in book three to southern Alabama, and after that … who knows.
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