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Celebrate NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) with the Charles County Public Library this year by checking out some of our local authors, as part of our Local Author Virtual Showcase! All of the authors showcased in this series responded to a call for submissions we placed over this summer, to highlight their work throughout the month of November. At CCPL we value the contributions our local authors make in sharing their knowledge and passion with our community.  Make sure to check out our Local Author’s collection located at the Waldorf West Library. 

*Please note: The materials and authors highlighted as part of this local author virtual showcase do not reflect the opinions or values of the Charles County Public Library. 

Maureen Mays

Because She Had Something to Say

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Because She Had Something To Say is author Maureen Mays third collection of poetry. This collection covers a wide range of topics. Whether it is about current events, raising children, blessings, or curses. This work of art was birthed out of an era where anxiety, social injustice, and the pandemic became hot topics when life still continued. Be sure to check out the pieces about Toni Morrison and Breona Taylor. This work of art is sure to bless any reader.

Maureen Mays is your girl next door.  A local with roots and memories of DC before they moved The Awakening to the National Harbor.  She has been a closet writer for many years; secretly writing what she hears, feels, and sees.  It has been her therapy for living in such a complex world.  Maureen attended Howard University and later graduated from the University of MD University College with a degree in Human Resource Management.  Maureen is a natural lover of art.  She grew up being exposed to the sights, sounds and smells of Washington DC.  This includes the sounds of GO-GO music and street performers.  The mambo sauce, bean pies, Ben’s Chilli Bowl, and the Wharf, where you got fresh seafood, before it was remodeled. The variety of museums, statues, parks, and scenic views of the Potomac river.  She also served in the United States Army Reserves as a military police officer and civil affairs specialist.  There she learned many disciplines and the beauty of family to among individuals who are not biologically related to you.  She is a devoted mother of two children.  They share her love of travel,  entrepreneurship, and philanthropy.  She enjoys writing, painting, cooking, live music, gardening, history, dancing, and living life to its fullest.