Maggie C. Romero
I grew up in the culture of New England in a small Massachusetts town. How I got from there to the desert Southwest is an interesting tale.
For a number of years I was an ESL teacher in northern Virginia. And before that, in a former life, I lived overseas in the Foreign Service. Just as I provided “springboards” for my students in writing class, my travels may well be something that I can draw from to write future stories.
For the past five years my partner, Gene, and I have lived quietly in New Mexico where we grow fruit in our orchard for sale at the local markets. When I’m not writing I wear my teacher hat in the local schools. And I do volunteer work in twelve-step organizations. We still get away whenever we can to enjoy hiking and backpacking all over the United States.
Toward the end of my teaching career, I earned my Master of Arts in Teaching. That journey was critical for me because it was a Master’s in Reflective Practice. Now that I’m retired, I have time to reflect back on my fortunate life. But it’s an inward journey I’ve been on for the past few years. My bittersweet mother/daughter memoir about generational addiction in my family has been published in New Mexico. It’s my first full-length publication.
A Mother’s Story is a searing and intimate portrait of addiction and how it has been passed down in Maggie Romero’s family from generation to generation. Maggie is herself an addict, and when Angie’s drug addiction, at age twenty-two, became apparent to her, she jumped into a recovery program to cope with her daughter’s illness. The subsequent fourteen years have proven to be a powerful and poignant redemption journey, as she has gradually come to claim recovery for herself even as she’s watched her beautiful daughter continue to struggle. This award-winning memoir is a story of hope and recovery that will resonate with many people, as epidemic as addiction is in our society. Many will benefit from her experience and the lessons passed on.
A Mother’s Story has won the following awards: Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards in the Women’s Issues category, November 2014; Honorable Mention in the Non-Fiction category of the Great Southwest Book Festival, February 2015; Winner in the Health: Addiction and Recovery category of the International Book Awards, May 2015.