Maura Jortner

The Backstory

I was born in Salem, NH. I have a twin sister (fraternal) and a younger brother. I moved to OH to go to college and worked as a stage manager and puppeteer in Cincinnati after earning a degree in English. After traveling around the Midwest for a few years and working nights as a secretary to get through a master's degree, I went to Pittsburgh, PA for even more school! I earned a Ph.D. in Theater History, studying 19th century American theater. I moved to Waco, TX to work at Baylor University. There, I am a Senior Lecturer, which means I am always in the classroom. I read, write, and nerd-out with students about literature and creative writing.

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A bit more personal

I have two amazing daughters, one wonderful husband, and a cat who plays fetch. My cat, Shiloh, also knows some tricks. (He's smart and food-motivated.) He can do "dance," "high five," "kiss," and "up," which means he jumps onto my shoulders. Here is a picture of him.

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It all began a long time ago...

WHEN MY OLDEST DAUGHTER WAS FOUR, SHE ASKED ME TO TELL HER A STORY. SHE DIDN'T WANT ME TO READ HER A STORY; SHE WANTED ME TO TELL HER ONE. OKAY, I DID. BUT IT GOT LONG AND I COULDN'T REMEMBER ALL THE DETAILS, SO I STARTED WRITING IT DOWN. THAT BECAME MY FIRST NOVEL. I HAVE BEEN WRITING EVER SINCE. IT HAS TAKEN ME TEN YEARS TO GET A BOOK PUBLISHED. . . I BELIEVE IN PERSISTENCE AND I THINK YOU SHOULD TOO.

FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!

 

My favorite place in the world

Can you guess where I am?

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