As a child, Margaret, then called Peggie, walked alone through the hills of Western Pennsylvania imagining tales of wild adventures in mysterious lands. It was there, amidst the fields of corn, waves of wheat, and thickets of the woods, that the seeds of her life as a writer were sown. Following a lifetime of service to others not only as a mother and wife, but as a church musician and piano teacher to hundreds of students, Margaret retrieved the volumes of writings she had kept to herself and claimed her true passion—storytelling.
In what she terms “the last trimester of my life,” she lives by the motto, If not now, when? In the past decade, she has earned a B.A. in English from Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. The stories she pens span the genres of mysteries, historical fiction, and what she has coined, “historical horror,” macabre tales imagined in the lives of figures from the past. Her work has appeared in Sans Merci Literary Magazine, and Boshemia. Running from Her Feet is her debut novel.
Margaret lives in a log cabin in the heart of heaven, the Appalachian Mountains, with her husband, Rick, and their dog-child, Heidi.