Dey Calls Me Maggie
Maggie is sixteen years old, a pretty girl with hazel eyes and long, blond hair. As with most modern teens, a boyfriend and school activities take up most of her thoughts and time. That is until she steps through a doorway in the bedroom of her family's new home. On the other side she finds herself an escaping slave.
This is Maggie's story after a time warp sends her back to the 1850's. As an escaping slave, she is recaptured and resold. The story deals with her time in captivity and her attempts to escape and find her way back home.
About Joan Schmeichel (Traverse City, Michigan Author)
Joan (that's me) is the author of eight books, ages ranging from middle school to young adult. (Mature adults can read them too.) I began writing years ago but I set it aside to work at the University of Michigan. I started as a temporary employee on a reading research project where I wrote fiction and non-fiction for workbooks for grade levels 3-4, 5-6, 7-8. Later on I worked as a development officer in Annual Giving. Before the University, I did some freelance work writing copy for brochures, ads, etc. My degree was in sociology with an internship in psychiatric social work, neither of which I put to use.
Upon retirement I went back to writing. I confess I kept a letter from years ago because of this quotation: "Your writing style has an unstated simplicity which I find absolutely haunting." That was from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. in response to a sparsely written manuscript I sent them. (Now you couldn't do that without an agent.) Unfortunately, what Knopf liked was never finished until recently. Now it's The Times of Laura Grey. As for my writing, I am committed to continuing the style of "unstated simplicity."
My husband Neill and I are both retired and living in Kewadin, Michigan. We have sixteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. I spend a lot of time, in addition to writing, playing golf and working on Kakura puzzles.