Jan Maher

Fiction and plays about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people

An intermittent blog

Blog Tour Guest: Laurie Gardiner

July 21, 2018

Tags: A Contract of Words, short fiction

Today author Laurie Gardiner is special guest on my page. Her short, “Don’t Forget Me,” was just published in the anthology “A Contract of Words,” which includes 28 authors from all over the world. Here is what she had to say about life, writing, and her story:

1. Besides writing, what is one thing you (more…)

Blog Tour Guest: C. E. Rickard

July 16, 2018

Tags: A Contract of Words, horror fiction

Today I'm hosting author C.E. Rickard whose short, “The Hangman’s House,” was just published in the anthology “A Contract of Words,” which includes 28 authors from all over the world. Here is what she had to say about life, writing, and her story:

1. Besides writing, which is the one thing you couldn’t (more…)

Blog Tour Guest: Curtis Deeter

July 13, 2018

Tags: Words or phrases to categorize this post for the tags section

Today author Curtis Deeter is my guest. His short, “Clark the Herald Sings,” was just published in the anthology “A Contract of Words,” which includes 28 authors from all over the world. Here is what he had to say about life, writing, and his story:

1. Besides writing, what is one thing you couldn't live without?

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Blog Tour Guest: David Williams

July 10, 2018

Tags: A Contract of Words, The Main Event, wrestling, crime, crime fiction

Today it is author David Williams turn to be featured here. His short, “The Main Event,” was just published in the anthology “A Contract of Words,” which includes 28 authors from all over the world. Here is what he had to say about life, writing, and his story:

1. Besides writing, what is one thing you (more…)

Today I am my own guest!

July 6, 2018

Tags: A Contract of Words, "Dancing in the Dark", thoughts on writing

Getting stuck in an elevator with the person you're about to divorce. What's not to like?
Here are my answers to the questions authors of stories in A Contract of Words responded to. Monday there will be a new guest on my page, certifiably not me!

My short, “Dancing in the Dark,” was just published in the anthology “A Contract of Words,” which includes 28 authors from all over the world. (more…)

Blog Tour Guest: William Thatch

July 3, 2018

Tags: A Contract of Words, For Science!, William Thatch, short fiction

Today’s guest on my page is William Thatch whose short story, “For Science!,” was just published in the anthology “A Contract of Words,” which includes 28 authors from all over the world. Here is what he had to say about life, writing, and his story:

1. Besides writing, what is one thing you couldn't live (more…)

Blog Tour Guest: Rayona Lovely Wilson

June 29, 2018

Tags: "The Sammy Clause", Rayona Lovely Wilson, A Contract of Words, relationship abuse, abused men, writing while parenting

Today author Rayona Lovely Wilson is guest on my page. Rayona's short, “The Sammy Clause,” was just published in the anthology “A Contract of Words,” which includes 28 authors from all over the world. Here is what she had to say about life, writing, and her story:

1. Besides writing, what is one thing you couldn't (more…)

Blog Tour Guest: M. R. Ward

June 27, 2018

Tags: "The Road Back", "A Contract of Words", horror

Today my guest is M.R. Ward whose short, “The Road Back,” was just published in the anthology “A Contract of Words,” which includes 28 authors from all over the world. Here is what he had to say about life, writing, and his story:

1. Besides writing, what is one thing you couldn't live without?
Coffee. (more…)

Blog Tour Guest: K. M. Reynolds

June 22, 2018

Tags: A Contract of Words, short fiction, horror fiction, Scout Media

The blog tour for authors with stories in the anthology A Contract of Words continues. Author K.M. Reynolds ("The Twelfth Maid") is one of the 28 authors from around the world whose work is included and she is guest on my page today. Here's what she had to say about life, writing, and her (more…)

Blog Tour Guest: Kari Holloway

June 19, 2018

Tags: baseball, A Contract of Words, short fiction, DiMaggio, ACOW, blog tour, ACOW blog tour

Today’s guest on my blog is author Kari Holloway, whose short, “Catching Up,” was just published in the anthology A Contract of Words. Over the next few weeks, I'll be introducing many of the authors here on my blog. My story "Dancing in the Dark" is also part of the anthology. Here is what Kari had to say (more…)

Selected Works

Fiction
Victor and Claire, about to be ex-spouses, find themselves stuck in an elevator on the way to meet with their attorneys. Then the lights go out.
Charlie/Charlene Bader is a heterosexual cross-dresser who struggles through the humiliating break-up of a marriage, migrates to Chicago during the Depression where s/he discovers a supportive community of cross-dressers, serves as a dentist in World War II, and ultimately ends up in a small town in Indiana, living as a woman and working as a hairdresser. Her life becomes complicated when she realizes she has fallen in love with a customer who does not know of her male identity. "Transportive" - Publishers Weekly "Deserves a place on library shelves." - Booklist
One hot week in August 1954, in Heaven, Indiana, a baby is delivered twice: once in a barn by her grandfather, the second time to the tent door of a carnival fortune-teller by her grandmother Helen... "Once I started reading Heaven I couldn't stop reading and thinking about it…Maher's work is…richly evocative, both rooted and visionary." - Susan Koppelman "This little bit of Heaven…leaves us wanting more." - Wendy Fawthrop, Seattle Union Record
"The woman he is looking for now is the one who can call him Bob, or even Baby, without offending him. Where is she? He opens the refrigerator. Not in there. He closes the refrigerator. It’s the refrigerator they bought the day that plane blew up over Scotland. That was on the news when we brought it in and…there’s something else he is trying to remember." - See more at: http://www.persimmontree.org/v2/fall-2010/turn-turn-turn/#sthash.F1ECMbi5.dpuf
Theater
"An extraordinary assemblage of women speak about war and peace. They speak in clear and compelling language, often with song and poetry, and what they tell their audience both educates and inspires. If Most Dangerous Women were performed in schools across the country, we might well see a new generation of young people dedicated to ending the scourge of war." - Howard Zinn, Author of A People's History of the United States
Theater
MYRNA: I'll admit the knife seems real. But many dreams have a quality of intense reality about them. INTRUDER: So how do you know whether you're alone dreaming I'm holding a knife to your throat or whether I'm holding a knife to your throat while you dream of the possibility of being alone? MYRNA: The old butterfly/man dilemma. INTRUDER: The very one. MYRNA: What if we are both alone dreaming each other?

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