Maggi grew up in Addison, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago, and home of the famous Millie’s Pancake Shoppe. “I still get back to Millie’s whenever I can!” She studied music at a private music college for several years, but eventually earned a degree in Occupational Therapy. As she worked her way through school, she restored turn of the century (1900, that is) homes in the Austin Shock Historical District of Chicago.
In late 1985, Maggi relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she has worked as an occupational therapist, a licensed realtor, Chief Operating Officer for one of the top twenty five women owned companies in the state, and owned/operated several franchised businesses. In one way or another, writing has always been part of Maggi’s life; poetry, letters, and publishing newsletters for the businesses with whom she was associated.
She never gave thought to writing a novel…until a February morning in 2008. She woke very early from a dream, but the dream did not do what dreams do; it did not fade; the characters stayed with her, revealing more and more of their story. “They were pretty relentless, actually.” So, Maggi began to document the story that was, “like a movie playing in my head.” The story woke her at 2:30 a.m. every day.
As she began to research the 1500’s time period and Inquisition, Maggi made startling discoveries. Events, places, and even some people about whom she was writing, actually existed. Eight months later, Maggi took her first trip to Italy for a writer’s retreat. A series of coincidences landed the writing group in the very castle that Maggi had been seeing, and writing about, since that February morning. And, it was built by one of the 16th century real historical figures who plays a part in her novel. About this fact, Maggi only shakes her head. “Do you have any idea how many 16th century castles exist in Italy?” Since then, the stories haven’t stopped. “I have rough drafts of several more novels in various stages of completion. The ones that pull at me are the historical fiction. I am loving this whole process of writing.” Currently, Maggi owns one business, and continues writing. Her second novel, Heaven’s Daughter, is expected to be complete by December 2011. Maggi lives in Albuquerque with her partner of twenty six years and their teenage daughter.