"From the time I was a little girl and first realized there was a connection between ordinary people and the printed page, I have wanted to write. I was born and bred in North Carolina, dropped out of college to marry a naval officer I met while working in the Pentagon, then lived in Italy and New York for the next few years until we returned to my family's homeplace. We had a son, life was full, yet all the time, I kept promising myself that I was going to be a writer "someday."
Eventually, with the passing years, I realized that if I didn't get down to it, the dream would never happen on its own. Poetry was my first love and continues to enchant me, but when I began writing seriously, short stories seemed to be my natural form.
"For the first twelve years of my professional life, it never occurred to me that I could write books. I was totally intimidated by the long form. But circumstances prevailed. The short story market dried up in the late '70s and I backed into the novel by doubling a short story three separate times until I finally had enough pages to call it a book.
"Since then, I've done it sixteen more times, yet I'm still intimidated and still face each new book with the fear that I won't be able to pull it off again."
Margaret Maron's works have been translated into seven languages and are on the reading lists of various courses in contemporary Southern literature. They have also been nominated for every major award in the American mystery field.
She is a founding member of Sisters in Crime and served as its third president. She is also a past president of the American Crime Writers League, and past member of the national board of Mystery Writers of America.