Although one of my earliest ambitions was to be a writer, I managed to put off getting serious about it for a great many years. My first success was to have short stories and informative articles published in several children’s magazines. Then I had two juvenile time-travel novels accepted for publication. Instead of following up on this encouraging beginning, I permitted myself to become immersed in teaching, continuing education, and academic writing.
My academic articles have been published in Education Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Translation Today, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture and a recent textbook about the Middle Ages. My children’s stories and articles have appeared in Highlights for Children and Jack and Jill Magazine.
More than a thousand of my articles about English usage and vocabulary are archived at Daily Writing Tips. I was editor and chief contributor from the site’s inception in 2007 until November 2010. I returned to to the site in 2013. Since November 2013, I’ve been adding seven posts a week to the collection.
My most recent books available at Amazon.com include So You Want to Write! (50 essays on the writing craft), A Joan for All Seasons (film guide to six movies about Joan of Arc), and the revised 100 Writing Mistakes to Avoid (brief style guide to common writing errors).
I have bachelor’s degrees in English from Oklahoma City University and the University of London (England) and the MA and PhD in comparative literature from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville).
My birth name is Margaret Joan Maddox. I started writing as Maeve Maddox in 2007. My work has appeared under the following names:
Margaret Joan Maddox
M. J. Maddox
Advice to writers just starting out: Stick to one name for everything.