Although Maureen Hardegree wasn't born in the south, she fell in love with the region's rich history and people when she moved to Louisiana at the age of twelve. The following year, an eighth grade history assignment took on a life of its own, and she wrote her first novella about a Native American girl living in Colonial Louisiana. She later moved to Georgia to earn her M.A. in English and, upon meeting and marrying a Georgian with a great sense of humor, put her roots down in the soft red clay. Whenever she can wrestle the computer chair away from her tortoiseshell calico cat, you'll find her writing. . . or revising.
She has won several awards, including the Maggie and the Suzannah, for her paranormal and historical romances, and she was a 2003 Golden Heart finalist in the long historical category. Her quirky southern short stories are included in the More Sweet Tea (2005) and Sweeter Tea (TBA) anthologies and in the fifth and sixth collective novels in the BelleBooks' Mossy Creek series, A Day in Mossy Creek (February 2006) and At Home in Mossy Creek (2007).