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“Not only is it OK for a woman to write about a tough guy, but it might even help sell him.” – Ann Maxwell
Born on this date in 1944, Ann Maxell started as a science fiction writer even though she really didn’t read any sci-fi herself until college. A native of Milwaukee, she grew up reading the Classics and majored in English Literature, but as a stay-at-home mom who didn’t like TV, she started reading sci-fi while her son was napping. Claiming to have read all the sci-fi books in the nearby library and second-hand book store, she decided to write one herself, even though she had no creative writing training. And the rest, as they say, is writing history.
Today, she has written over 50 novels, ranging from science fiction to historical fiction to romance, mystery and suspense, some in collaboration with her husband Evan. Her novels have been published in 21 languages with some 23 million in print. Her collaboration with Evan developed out of his career as a crime reporter. Their first crime novel together led to a series about a couple named Fiddler and Fiora, all published under the name A.E. Maxwell. Two of those books – The Frog and the Scorpion and Just Enough Light to Kill – won major awards. Together they’ve also produced 4 best-selling suspense novels.
“The good news, when you write with another, is that you never have an empty page in front of you,” Ann said. But, the bad news is ... you never have an empty page in front of you.”
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