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Maggie Bishop hikes, skis, climbs, explores and writes in the mountains of North Carolina where she settled in 1993 with her husband and cat.  Every time they travel, they seek out other mountains but none are as exciting as the ancient Appalachians.

She was chosen as one of "100 Incredible ECU Women" for literature and leadership by East Carolina University.

     She's an Air Force brat who put herself through East Carolina University and received a MBA degree, a former manufacturing executive, founder and past president of High Country Writers, past Secretary of Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers, and is a member of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. When not writing, she's a hiker, swimmer, golfer and skier. 
     Maggie's the current Treasurer of High Country Writers in Boone, NC.  She is part of the Dames of Dialogue and gives talks on ... dialogue.
     Her Award Winning novels, Perfect for Framing, Murder at Blue Falls, Emeralds in the Snow and Appalachian Paradise, are now available as is her cat book, Meow Means Me! Now!
Workshops include:

Write Now! The 5 Cs of Mystery

This intense 1-1½ hour craft work session gives direction and tools for writing a better mystery, then writers use their own story for the writing exercises. For those beginning a novel, it generates ideas. For those finishing a draft, it helps find weaknesses.

Write Now! Get Started, Get Organized and Get Going on Novel/Memoir

This intense 1- 1½ hour craft work session offers a plan to write and a method to keep organized. The "get going" part of the work session gives direction and tools for writing a better novel or memoir, then writers use their own story for the writing exercises. For those beginning a novel or memoir, it generates ideas. For those finishing a draft, it helps find weaknesses.

Write Now! Plot Your Novel in an Hour

This intense 1 - 1½ hour craft work session gives direction and tools for plotting a novel, then writers use their own story for the writing exercises. For those beginning a novel, it generates ideas. For those finishing a draft, it helps find weaknesses.

On Stage! Booksignings

In-person book signings are still an important promotional tool for the published author. This session covers the initial phone call to set up a signing to the event itself to after the event. As an added bonus, what not to do at a signing is also discussed. The handout includes a checklist.

Promotion for Authors

Introduction to Internet Promotions, Events, Traditional Media and Reader Chats.

"The workshop on Writing a Memoir was thoroughly prepared, organized, and delivered by an experienced author, complete with handout, outline, and lined space for several in-class writing assignments.  She is comfortable and delightful and answers questions directly and thoroughly."  Stewart R. Roberts, Jr., M.D.

Maggie's interview on Suite 101

Maggie Bishop is the author of a mystery series, Appalachian Adventure Mysteries, and two romance novels set in the Mountains of North Carolina in the Boone area. "I started with romance and have turned to murder." All novels published by Ingalls Publishing Group. One Shot Too Many (2011 mystery) features Detective Tucker with yesterday's regret haunts, leading to today's deadly fix. Perfect for Framing by Maggie Bishop, mysteryIn Perfect for Framing, trouble's a-brewing in the Property Owners Association where greed and a lust for power lead to murder in a clash of personal versus public needs. Returning for a second suspense-filled mystery, Jemma Chase and Detective Tucker find themselves embroiled in a Property Owners Association power struggle. When a break-in escalates to murder, Tucker finds suspects aplenty from POA president Petula Windsor’s files, leading him to suspect the victim of blackmail. Tucker tries to keep Jemma’s interest at bay, but when the president’s husband is found dead and Tucker’s life is jeopardized, Jemma won’t be stopped until she finds the murderer. “Fun, fast paced read with lots of local flavor … will keep you quickly turning pages” Our State Magazine ISBN:  9781932158847 $12 Perfect for Framing (An Appalachian Adventure Mystery) paperback on Amazon,  Available on Kindle $7.99 Murder at Blue Falls by Maggie Bishop, mysteryMurder at Blue Falls Ride the trails…Arson and murder disturb the Appalachian peace of the Triplett Valley’s Blue Falls Dude Ranch. Jemma Chase, daughter of the ranch owners and trail-ride leader, becomes involved when her horse finds a body.  Being an amateur SCI is fun until her meddling puts her life in danger.  Detective Tucker’s suspicions disturb and annoy Jemma, but in the end he becomes the answer to her prayers. “Must have, must read” -- Christy T French, Midwest Book Review ISBN:9781932158755  Amazon paperback $12 Murder at Blue Falls: The horse found the body. Murder at Blue Falls, the Horse Found the Body (Appalachian Adventure Mysteries) Kindle $7.99 Emeralds in the Snow by Maggie Bishop, mystery, romanceEmeralds in the Snow involves skiing at Sugar Mountain, an emerald mine, and a cold case murder.  Downhill ski … Emerald Graham and Lucky Tucker are an unlikely pair. She, accustomed to a life of privilege in which everything’s a bit of a game, including her teaching career. He, who has not let his life of struggle keep him from giving to his family, his community and the skiers he rescues on Sugar Mountain. Yet they seem to be finding an uneasy bliss when a treasure hunt and an old murder mystery threatened all they value.  “Fun, fast read … characters who shape the world around them and readers enjoy … look forward to her next one.” JC Walkup, Smoky Mountain News ISBN:  1932158561  $12 Amazon paperback Emeralds in the Snow On Kindle $7.99 Emeralds in the Snow (Appalachian Adventure) Appalachian Paradise by Maggie Bishop, romance, adventureAward winning Appalachian Paradise Backpack and hike …Athletic career woman meets good-ole-boy for a five-day backpacking trek in the rugged North Carolina mountains. Appalachian born West triggers Suzanne’s resentment and her desire amongst boars, bears and Girl Scouts. Suzanne’s burdens lighten as Wes’ easy charm helps her see the hope and allure of spring flowers, love and forgiveness.  “Gets off to a good start and maintains an exciting tension…A good part of Bishop’s success is the set-up she’s engineered.”  Rob Neufeld, Asheville Citizen-Times ISBN:  0971304564 $9.95  Amazon paperback  Appalachian Paradise (Appalachian Adventure) Kindle $7.99 Appalachian Paradise Also available in other e-book formats. Meow Means Me! Now! by Maggie Bishop, giftMaggie's fun book,  Meow Means Me! Now! is a rhyming feline allegory with poetry and photos. This gift book is a departure from her novels but sprang from her love of cats . Think Dr. Suess meets Marley & Me. ISBN 1595130039 $ 8 Amazon Meow Means Me! Now! and Kindle $5.99 Meow Means Me! Now!

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