Author Maggie Lyons
Born in Wales, brought up in
England, and emigrated to the USA, I’ve zigzagged through a motley
range of professions from playing unofficial British spy—yes, really!—while keeping a troupe of touring ballet dancers happy—oxymoron?—to editing a course on everything you wanted to know about astronomy. I’ve herded cats—oops! I mean I’ve worked my passage in orchestral management, and I’ve taught piano and music theory—amazing how many people ain’t got rhythm. Every step in this career maze was fun—well, sometimes only in retrospect—and full of opportunities to write on a wild range of topics from business law to Beethoven.
After my curiosity was piqued by the streets paved with gold in the United States—well, that’s what they tell foreigners they’ll find over here—I gravitated to Virginia where I threw myself—not literally of course—into editing and writing nonfiction, mostly for adults.
I discovered the magic of writing for children a few years ago. Some of my articles were published in Stories for Children Magazine and the very generous knowonder! magazine published my chapter book, Dewi, the Red Dragon,
in its entirety. Children’s books cast their spell on me as a child and
I’ve been bewitched ever since. When my son was small, I enjoyed
reading him stories at bedtime as much as I had enjoyed listening to my
parents reading stories to me in my childhood. I’m enchanted by the
wonderful mix of innocence, escapism, imagination, and humor that
bubbles out of children’s stories, and it’s no
secret that children who read and listen to stories develop a strong
foundation for their emotional well-being as well as for the
intellectual and social skills they’ll need as they grow up.
Did I say “grow up”? I’m not sure I have because I
still find the world of children’s stories absolutely fascinating. I
hope you do too, especially if you’re an adult because it’s pretty
boring being nothing but a stuffy old grown-up.
When he walks through
the door and sees the sharky grin on his sister’s face, Vin rightly
suspects Meg is hatching a plot. Worse still, he’s central to the
outcome. Meg tells him everyone expects him to play her duet for trumpet
and piano at the student concert. Vin is horrified.
escape is to persuade another trumpet player to take his place. Meg has
the hunky Brad Stewart in mind, and she challenges Vin to introduce her
to him. To do that he must first befriend Brad’s nerdy brother,
Eyeballs, the last person Vin wants to be friends with until Meg’s
promise of a David Beckham autographed soccer jersey changes the
seventh-grader’s mind. He has five days to accomplish his
Vin’s game plan, thwarted by exploding
fish tanks, magnetic compost heaps, man-eating bubble baths, and other
disasters ultimately succeeds, but not exactly as he expects…
When Dewi is clobbered
by a falling rat, the nosy Welsh dragon snoops his way into a
challenging predicament. Helped by a toad with a passion for chemical
wart cures, Dewi discovers that a megalomaniac baron is secretly
breeding mutant corn at an unfriendly castle. To thwart the genetically
modified-corn baron’s sickening plan, he must use moxie and firepower in
a series of catastrophe-skirting capers.
1 ebook or paperback of Vin and the Dorky Duet
1 ebook or paperback of Dewi and the Seeds of Doom