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Margaret Porter
Who I Am


Because I was born into a family of readers and writers and scholars and travelers, there's no mystery about how or why I found my profession. From a very early age I invented characters and composed scenes and stories in my head. At about 10 years old I first saw my own words printed--in the grammar school newsletter that I co-founded, typed, and published. Around the same time I decided to combine my theatrical and my writing ambitions, and adapted all my favourite youth novels into scripts.

Since then many, many more words have been published: novels, nonfiction articles on British history and travel and theatre, website content, book and film reviews, my M.A. thesis, advertising copy...and more.

Writing Credits

~ 11 novels in hardcover & paperback
~ foreign editions of most titles
~ magazine & newsletter articles
~ newspaper opinion columns
~ documentary & instructional film scripts
~ poetry


Recognition

~ Who's Who in America
~ Who's Who in Writers, Editors & Poets
~ Who's Who in Entertainment
~ Best New Author (Romantic Times)
~ Reviewers' Choice Nominee (Romantic Times)
~ Bestseller Award (Bookrak)
~ Leadership & Service Award (Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers)


Organizations

~ Authors Guild
~ Novelists Inc.
~ Historical Novel Society (US/UK)
~ London Historians (UK)
~ The Royal Oak Society (The National Trust's US affiliate)


Education

~ B.A., English Literature & Theatre
~ M.A., Journalism & Communications (Radio-TV-Film)
~ Studies in British Social History at universities in England & Scotland


Free-lance Employment

~ photographer (magazines, websites, calendars, newspapers)
~ writing instructor
~ conference speaker & lecturer
~ media & website consultant


Past Employment

~ documentary film producer
~ stage actress
~ film & tv extra
~ voice over talent
~ university instructor (studio television production)
~ state legislator (2 terms)
~ nature center volunteer
~ sandwich maker & pizza server


Interests and Pastimes

~ reading
~ gardening (roses & perennials)
~ travel (near & far)
~ photography (nature, travel, architectural, portrait)
~ music (I play the mandolin, my listening tastes are broad)
~ movies
~ wildlife & bird watching
~ dog walking (I've got two)
~ canoeing
~ knitting & embroidery

I live with my husband and our two Border collie-type dogs in an architecturally unique, book-filled home in a lovely and historic New England city. A favorite retreat--and my preferred writing location for many months of the year--is our rustic cottage beside one of our region's largest and most scenic lakes. We return annually to Great Britain, with London serving as our base in recent years, although formerly it was Bristol.



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