pursuing that passion ever since.  I graduated from Niles High in 1970 (goVikings!) and went on to study for teaching certification at Western Michigan University (go Broncos!).  I graduated from WMU in 1973 with an English Major/Creative Writing Emphasis and an Elementary Education minor.  I am currently certified in both Australia and the U.S. to teach primary school, all subjects, and secondary/tertiary English.
Hello!  My name is Maureen McMahon.  For those of you who don't know me, here's the lowdown:

I was born in 1952 in Niles, Michigan.  I discovered
early in my youth a passion for writing and have been
In search of my roots, I came to Australia in 1981 where I met and married my adorable husband, Peter, who is the love of my life and a wonderful supporter of my work.

We have two grown children, James and KatyAnne, who make me very proud with their many successes and achievements.

As to my writing credentials, I have published arrticles, short stories and/or poetry in such publications as Signature, Australian Runner, Australian Woman's Day, The Network, Futures and five anthologies.

My novel, Return of the Gulls is the first full-length novel in a trilogy that stars Stacey Christian and Peter Mansfield as paranormal sleuths. It is in it's third printing. A ghostly mystery set in an old Irish castle, it's available from from most online stores (Amazon Kindle, Createspace, Kobi etc) in electronic format. For an excerpt, click here. You can purchase a paperback copy from Amazon or Createspace. Visit my order page to click to buy.

The second in the trilogy to Return of the Gulls, Ghosts of Auld Lang Syne, is coming soon in an anthology entitled Wandering Spirits Volume I. Peter Mansfield and Stacey Christian face another mystery at the secluded New England house belonging to a friend. Investigation into the ghost who haunts the house uncovers much more than anyone could have expected.

The third in the trilogyl to Return of the Gulls, 'Neath Hallowed Halls and Ivied Walls, finds Stacey and Peter embroiled in a mystery set at their alma mater, Harvard. Paranormal encounters and deadly danger meet them as they investigate the death of their favorite history professor.

My novel, Shadows In The Mist, is nearing it's sixth release. A romantic mystery/suspense set in Ludington, MIchigan, Shadows in the Mist is coming soon and will be available at most online ebook stores, as well as Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

My anthology of short fiction Searching For Pearls, will also be re-released soon and will be available via most online ebook stores and in paperback.

I also write under the pseudonym, Ainsley Abbott. Books under this name are erotic romance for women and rated 18+. These books will be released soon. You can check them out by visiting my Ainsley Abbott website here. All books are available in paperback as well as ebook format and can also be found at Amazon.com.

I am working on a sequel to Catey's Capture. I have an historical romance, The Sea, The South, The Storm, currently being considered as well as a creative writing technical manual. I'm also working on another romantic mystery set in Apollo Bay here in Australia.

I worked as a staff writer for Australian Runner for three years, have taught creative writing to children and adults at various schools and educational centers in Australia and in the U.S. and was an instructor for Writer's Online Workshops, the online school for Writer's Digest Magazine.

In 2001 I was honored by Western Michigan University as one of eleven Notable Alumni for my writing achievements and featured in the WMU Foundation Calendar.

When not writing or teaching, I distribute my time between my husband, my two grown children and grandchildren, my labrador breeding business, Jamareine Labradors, two cats and a too often neglected paddock of proteas. For relaxation I enjoy fishing, reading, crosswords with my husband, travel, piano, guitar and playing the occasional competitive game of Nintendo with my children or their partners (they hate it when I win!).

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