She always loved writing, but side-tracked by a persistent practical side, it took her a few years to channel her energy into novels. After leaving a career in finance and accounting, she hasn't looked back.
Aside from her love of books, she's passionate about films, fine handcrafted objects and shoes.
She lives and writes in Toronto, Canada where she attends the Toronto International Film Festival each year.
A two time finalist in the Golden Heart® competition and a finalist in the inaugural Amazon Breakout Novel Competition, her most recent novel is Deviants, October 30, 2012.
DEVIANTS releases October 30th!
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"A deliciously dark, harrowing world, brightened by dazzling characters and sparkling prose." -- #1 NYT Bestselling author, Kelley Armstrong
"Exciting... ...an interesting new post-apocalyptic dystopian series... McGowan keeps the suspense throbbing throughout most of the novel, with new challenges constantly confronting the teens." -- Kirkus Reviews
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In a post-apocalyptic world, where the earth is buried by asteroid dust that’s mutated the DNA of some humans, orphaned, sixteen-year-old Glory must hide and protect her younger brother. If their Deviant abilities are discovered, they’ll be expunged—kicked out of the dome to be tortured and killed by the Shredders. Glory would give anything to get rid of her unique ability to kill with her emotions, especially when Cal, the boy she’s always liked, becomes a spy for the authorities. But when her brother is discovered, and she learns their father, who was expunged for killing their mother, is still alive, she must escape the domed city that’s been her entire world.
Outside in the ruins, they’re pursued by the authorities and by sadistic, scab-covered Shredders who are addicted to the lethal-to-humans dust now covering the planet. Glory’s quests to transport herself and her brother to safety make up the thrilling and fascinating first volume of The Dust Chronicles.
INTERVIEWS AND APPEARANCES
Deviants book launch party!!
October 27th, 3-5pm
The Rivoli, upstairs
334 Queen St. West, Toronto
Everyone's invited! Come buy the book and get it signed.
- World Fantasy Convention, Toronto, November 1-4
- Romancing the Monster Panel, Thursday Nov 1st 3:00pm with Patricia Briggs
- Ontario Blog Squad Meet Up, November 3, 2012
- Teen Books for the Apocalypse Tour
- with Megan Crewe, Lesley Livingston, Cheryl Rainfield, Leah Bobet and Coutney Summers
- November 6, 10, 17, 24
PAST INTERVIEWS AND BLOG POSTS:
- August 31, 2012 -- Dear Teen Me
- March 28th to April 1st -- Twisted Tales Release week party at Get Lost in a Story
- April 4th -- Where the (not so) Wild Things Are with Claudia Osmond
- April 5th -- Brant Flakes with Marilyn Brant
- April 5th -- Writers' Tip at Linda Gerber's Blog
- April 8th -- The Qwillery
- April 25-29 -- Indigo Book Teen Blog
- May 4 -- Barrie Summy's Blog
- May 10 -- A Trillian Books
- May -- Blog tour
- June 3rd -- Open Book Ontario "On Writing" interview.
BOOKS OUT NOW:
CINDERELLA: NINJA WARRIOR
In this fast-paced story full of adventure and romance, Cinderella is more than just a servant girl waiting for her prince—she's a tough, fearless girl who is capable of taking charge of a dangerous situation. Seeking to escape the clutches of her evil stepmother, Cinderella perfects her ninja skills and magic talents in secret, waiting for the day when she can break free and live happily ever after. In a special twist, readers have the opportunity to make key decisions for Cinderella and decide where she goes next—but no matter the choice; the result is a story unlike any fairy tale you've ever read!
SLEEPING BEAUTY: VAMPIRE SLAYER
Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer is an entirely new type of fairy tale–one that will keep today's kids guessing and offer them hours of magical fun.
KEEP IN TOUCH:
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Maureen McGowan's books on Goodreads