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Before you can be anything, you have to be yourself.

– E. L. Konigsburg

About ME

Maureen Egan has been a freelance writer for national and regional publications, a magazine columnist, an English teacher and a creator of an award-winning food events business. She has written two nonfiction books about Richmond, Virginia, her home of 30 years. A member of 12 x 12 and SCBWI, she is now re-focusing on writing picture book texts and poetry for children. Maureen brings a quirky sensibility, insight and liveliness to everything she writes, except this.

More about Maureen

As a freelance writer, Maureen has had essays and features published in Southern Living, The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Virginia Living, Richmond magazine and more, as well as her At Home column for R*Home 2003 -2015. Highlights and Wee Ones have purchased poems for children. In 2010, she wrote  Insiders’ Guide  to Richmond. She then co-founded a food event business, researching and sharing the unvarnished, multi-layered history of Richmond, Virginia while highlighting local eateries and attractions. That led to co-producing Fire, Flour & Fork, an award-winning, curated food festival 2014-2019 and co-authoring Richmond’s Culinary History in 2017. Maureen is back to writing full-time, re-energized to write picture books and poetry as well as nonfiction for children and adults.

Maureen lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, tickled that her two adult children have put down roots close by.

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River greenery

There’s often paint on my hands and dirt on my shirt because I learn by doing (and undoing). The crumbs on my lap are a different story.

– ME

Writing

Writing for adults

So much of Maureen’s writing for adults springs from childhood or hearkens back to it. Specializing in humorous, heartfelt essays and travel, she’s written dozens of articles, including an offbeat column in R*Home for 12 years, and has had features and essays in Southern Living, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Richmond magazine, Virginia Living and elsewhere. In 2010 she wrote Insiders’ Guide to Richmond for Globe Pequot Press and co-authored Richmond’s Culinary History in 2017.

Writing for children

Maureen has studied at Highlights Foundation and is an active member of 12 x 12, SCBWI and several critique groups. Highlights and Wee Ones purchased poems several years ago. She writes picture book texts and poems that range from rollicking romps to the quiet and cryptic. A Where the Wild Things Are poster she swiped decades ago from a younger sister hangs in her office. Now that she’s back writing for children, we’ll call that foreshadowing.

Examples

The South's Best Restaurant 2018: L'Opossum

L’Opossum Sur La Colline de l’Orégon. The full name hints at mischief — and mystery. [ Southern Living ]

Thirteen Ways of Looking at My Living Room

It wasn’t my living room then. It was very much the Shumates’ home — unusual angles, high ceilings and walls of windows with views that seduced us. [ R•Home ]

Tie-Dyed Communal Capitalism

Virginia’s answer to a Pawley’s Island is the Twin Oaks hammock, made in a Louisa County commune.              [ Virginia Living ]

It’s All Relative

I am a long way from distilling my memories of vacationing in the same house with relatives into a story suitable for children. [ R•Home ]

Hot Tub Hubbub

Do not go gentle into that hot tub. Rage, rage against electrifying rub-a-dub. I have the soul of a poet. The body of one, too. [ Richmond Magazine ]

Goodnight Kitchen

If Clement Hurd had used my kitchen as inspiration for his illustrations in Goodnight, Moon, Margaret Wise Brown’s classic pb, no child would ever have drifted off to sleep.             [ R•Home ]

Books

Richmond's Culinary History book cover

Richmond's Culinary History: Seeds of Change

Richmond’s culinary history spans more than four hundred years and includes forgotten cooks and makers who paved the way for Richmond’s vibrant modern food scene.

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Insider's Guide to Richmond VA book cover

Insiders' Guide to Richmond VA

When it was published in 2010, Insiders’ Guide to Richmond was the essential source for in-depth travel and relocation information to Virginia’s capital city. It’s still durned good as an overview.

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Blog

Nothing Ever Happens on My Blog

To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse

I made it to the lighthouse on a recent family beach visit, decades after I wrote the best chapter of my college honors thesis on Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse. Hello, Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall was more in keeping with the reading list for the trip as my...

Fall Writing Frenzy 2

Fall Writing Frenzy 2

  So Lydia Lukidis and Kaitlyn Sanchez are at it again with their Fall Writing Frenzy contest for children's writers. Pick a photo from their stash and get inspired to write something somehow related that's under 200 words. The above is not that photo, but thanks...

Bookshelves and Blog

Bookshelves and Blog

A couple of weeks ago I couldn't get to sleep, so I counted bookshelves instead of sheep (shout out to Kate Wolf's line, "Countin' troubles, 'stead of countin' sheep.") I have no idea what number I came up with, but it was in the teens. Just now walking through the...

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