Writer and editor Maureen Charles is passionate about the power of a well-crafted story to open hearts, broaden minds, and reshape the world views of people young and old.
Maureen's 2023 YA nonfiction biography, MUSIC MAVENS: 15 WOMEN OF NOTE IN THE INDUSTRY, co-authored with Ashley Walker, is available in English from booksellers worldwide. Music Mavens is Book #9 of Chicago Review Press's Women of Power series--a timely, inclusive, international, modern biography series that profiles 15 diverse, modern women who are changing the world in their field while empowering others to follow their dreams.
Maureen also co-wrote and developed the book School Bullying: Tools for Avoiding Harm and Liability (Corwin Press, 2007) with school law attorney Mary Jo McGrath.
She holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where her studies included both the VCFA Picture Book Intensive and a summer residency in Bath, England.
A strong proponent of lifelong learning, she is an active with the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). She has participated in the 12x12 Picture Book Challenge, Non-Fiction Fest, and many other personal and professional development courses, workshops, and conferences.
Her favorite nonfiction subjects are music/musicians and true stories at the intersection of social justice, kindness, and inclusion. Other works in progress include a middle grade novel, several fiction and nonfiction picture books, and a young adult graphic memoir with her foster son, Shakib, who was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Why music? Maureen, who joined her first choir at age four, sings, plays guitar and ukulele, and is the widow of Jon Charles, a music arranger, composer, and orchestrator for television, films, and live performances.
She lives in Pasadena, California, where she shares an office with three highly-opinionated felines.
Maureen is available to talk about Music Mavens at schools, libraries, book fairs, performing arts programs, and youth groups.
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Maureen serves as Board Chair for AidStillRequired, an international NGO that shines the spotlight on forgotten areas hard hit by natural disasters and funds innovative, custom-tailored field programs that engender dignity and self-sufficiency in some of the poorest communities in Haiti.
"When Girls Rise, we all Rise."
- Girl Up
She also volunteers periodically as a children's writing instructor for active older adults at Wise and Healthy Aging.
Maureen has trained over two thousand people to create community projects large and small - from neighborhood events to international NGOs - and to be unstoppable in service of their vision. She brings extensive experience in community leadership, consensus building, and project implementation to everything she undertakes.
MUSIC MAVENS is available in both hardcover and electronic formats everywhere books are sold. Click the button below for links to Indie bookstores, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and our publisher, Chicago Review Press.