Margaret (Meg) Chittenden
 
  • Margaret (Meg) Chittenden

Margaret is a retired writer of mystery, suspense, romance , writing how-to books and children's books.

Biography

Best-selling author Meg Chittenden grew up in the North of England, near the North Sea and just a little south of the Scottish border. After graduation, she worked for a time as a civil servant. Which in England means you work for the government. Her first job was with the Ministry of Works in Baker Street, fictional home of Sherlock Holmes! But the job was boring and she went to work for J. Arthur Rank at Pinewood Studios, where she met a lot of movie stars and wasn't bored at all.

Later on she met a handsome American and moved to the United States. She had the idea all Americans owned orange groves or oil wells, but found out that wasn't quite true, so she went back to work.

She started out writing articles for the Sunday supplement of a local newspaper, then wrote short stories for Good Housekeeping and other magazines. Eventually, she switched to novels in several genres. See bibliography .

Now that she's writing mystery novels, Meg spends a lot of her time asking questions of police officers, FBI agents, forensic anthropologists and medical examiners. So far these experts have been wonderfully patient and helpful. If you find errors in her books, they are hers not theirs! (Remember the slogan, which she coined, "To err is human, to forgive makes the reader divine.") You might also remember that Albert Einstein said: "If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts."

In 2003, at Sleuthfest, a terrific conference for mystery writers, held annually in Florida, Meg learned how to handle, load and shoot several types of firearms. She has no desire to own a weapon, but she wanted to be able to write a little more knowledgeably about them. She might now be able to come up with something more imaginative than "He had a gun. He shot the gun."

In the 35 years she's been writing, Meg has published over 100 short stories and articles, a book on writing, three children's books, and 33 novels that include romance, suspense, mystery, and mainstream. Some of her books deal with reincarnation, magic, or ghosts. Her novels have been widely reprinted abroad and have appeared on many bestseller lists, including one heady Thursday on the USA Today list, though not yet on the lofty New York Times list. She is a recipient of the Pacific Northwest Writers Lifetime Achievement Award for "Enhancing the stature of Northwest Literature," an Anthony Award for "Noir Lite," one of her short stories, and the Otter for "More Than You Know." "Snap Shot" was nominated for a Calavera award. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, American Crime Writers League, and the International Association of Crime Writers.

Meg has spoken at writers and readers gatherings in Washington, British Columbia, Colorado, Oregon, Massachusetts, Idaho, New York, California, Illinois, Nevada, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin, Georgia, Florida, Minnesota, Hawaii, Washington D.C., Virginia, New Mexico, Arizona, Tennessee, Alaska, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Alabama and Japan. (She's a self-admitted convention junkie!)

Meg's husband Jim, aka He-who-walks-ahead, is her research assistant, chauffeur and navigator. He understands really cool stuff like North, South, East and West, and the difference between upstream and downstream--all of which makes him very useful to his direction-challenged wife. However, Meg has recently become the owner of a hand-held global positioning system and is all set to navigate by herself. Look out world!

When she's not writing, or talking about writing at one of the many conventions she speaks at each year, Meg enjoys family gatherings, hiking the beach or rainforest, dancing, (gimme that old time rock and roll!) reading, singing soprano with HARMONY,a local chorus, and traveling.

Bibliography

A complete bibliography of books by Margaret Chittenden and her pseudonym Rosalind Carson

Snap Shot (2004)
Author: Meg Chittenden
PB ISBN: 0-425-19803-0
More Than You Know (2003)
Author: Meg Chittenden
PB ISBN: 0425192105
Dying to See You (2000)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
HB ISBN: 1-57566-561-1
PB ISBN: 1-57566-669-3
Don't Forget to Die (1999)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
HB ISBN: 1-57566-435-6
PB ISBN: 1-57566-566-2
Dead Beat and Deadly (1998)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
HB ISBN: 1-57566-314-7
PB ISBN: 1-57566-436-4
Dead Men Don't Dance (1997)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
HB ISBN: 1-57566-184-5
PB ISBN: 1-57566-318-X
Dying to Sing (1996)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
HB ISBN: 1-57566-052-0
PB ISBN: 1-57566-189-6
How to Write Your Novel (1995)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
PB ISBN: 0871161788
The Enchanted Bride (1994)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
PB ISBN: 0-373-83295-8
When The Spirit Is Willing (1993)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
PB ISBN: 0-373-70575-1
Double Take (1993)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
PB ISBN: 0-373-70531-X
Shadow Of A Doubt (1993)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
PB ISBN: 0-373-22242-4
The Wainwright Secret (1992)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
PB ISBN: 0-373-22183-5
The Scent of Magic (1991)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
PB ISBN: 0-373-70444-5
This Time Forever (1990 Reissued: 2002)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
HB ISBN: 0373511884
Until October (1989)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
PB ISBN: 0-373-70366-X
Forever Love (1988)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
PB ISBN: 0-373-97071-4
The Moon Gate (1988)
Author: Rosalind Carson (aka Margaret Chittenden)
PB ISBN: 0-373-70310-4
Close to Home (1988)
Author: Rosalind Carson (aka Margaret Chittenden)
PB ISBN: 0-373-70214-0
The Marrying Kind (1987)
Author: Rosalind Carson (aka Margaret Chittenden)
PB ISBN: 0-373-25256-0
Beyond The Rainbow (1986)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
PB ISBN: 0-373-97023-4
To Touch The Moon (1985)
Author: Rosalind Carson (aka Margaret Chittenden)
PB ISBN: 0-373-70175-6
Love Me Tomorrow (1984)
Author: Rosalind Carson (aka Margaret Chittenden)
PB ISBN: 0-373-70123-3
Lovespell (1984)
Author: Rosalind Carson (aka Margaret Chittenden)
PB ISBN: 0-373-25140-8
Such Sweet Magic (1983)
Author: Rosalind Carson (aka Margaret Chittenden)
PB ISBN: 0-373-70091-1
Song Of Desire (1982)
Author: Rosalind Carson (aka Margaret Chittenden)
PB ISBN: 0-373-70040-7
This Dark Enchantment (1982)
Author: Rosalind Carson (aka Margaret Chittenden)
PB ISBN: 0-373-70016-4
Mystery of the Missing Pony (1980)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
PB ISBN: 0-81116-6411-2
The Face In The Mirror (1980)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
PB ISBN: 523-40362-3
The Other Child (1979)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
PB ISBN: 523-40361-5
House of the Twilight Moon (1979)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
PB ISBN: 0-523-40360-7
Song of Dark Water (1978)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
PB ISBN: 0-523-40216-3
Findlay's Landing (1975)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
PB ISBN: None
Merrymaking In Great Britain (1974)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
PB ISBN: 0-8116-4952-0
When The Wild Ducks Come (1972)
Author: Margaret Chittenden
PB ISBN: 695-80348-4