Finke is an Aussie transplant who writes
midgrade adventure fiction and rhyming picture books. For many years
she has lived in Oregon with her husband and family.
travel, and reading fill in the cracks between writing. Her husband
is very supportive, though not interested in children's books . Their
three children are now grown and doing very well. They have four wonderful
grandchildren as well.
begin serious writing until the day their youngest left for college.
This late start drives her writing, and pushes her to work at it every
day. Margot said, "I really envy those who began young, and
managed to slip into writing mode between kid fights, diaper changes,
household disasters, and outside jobs."
are my heroes! "
Magic Carpet of 16 Books includes 5 young teen books, plus 11
picture books--many of them being in verse. Fun facts about animals,
and help for kids with problems.
and Claude - Dream time spirits, a chatty cockato and
big decisions for Taconi to make.
by Walkabout (
follow up to Taconi and Claude)
of Thelma Hill - ghost mystery
Under Calling - family tales, a grandson, and a grandmother
across the Pacific.
and Bartholomew Q -
a fun, fantasy adventure that encourages writing
copies and BOOK DISCOUNTS available ONLY from her Website.
her column for children's writers, can be read in The Purple Crayon.
Website showcases her children's books, Manuscript Critique
Service, and offers lots of pages of writing help, including great
links for upcoming writers to explore.
enjoys doing FREE Skype
Author Visits to classrooms all over the USA as well as overseas.
Her Presnetation is a terrific way to HOOK Kids on Reading, and get
them interested in writing stories of their own. Look
for links to VIDEOS of Margot reading from her books and talking about
her Manuscript Critique service and SKYPE visits.
also guilty of Twittering, and can be found on Facebook,
Google+, JacketFlap, Linkedin and more.
Secrets of Writing for Children if you need
Self-editing Tips or a few Powerful Writing Clues.
Service offers help with plot and character problems, VOICE and
FOCUS. There's aguidance for those whose writing is not quite
as tight as "Granny's New Girdle." "Nothing
gives me a greater thrill than to discover a book I helped polish
received a contract."
is another place where her wide and varied likes and interests
can be found--including Books, Self Publishing, Reviews. Politics,
Food and much more.