Margaret Ann Spence

About Me

Recently, while cleaning out a cache of old letters and memorabilia, I found a book I had written at the age of eleven. In sprawling cursive in a blue exercise book, the story told of a family with many children on a ship’s voyage to a distant land. As I read it, I could see the future author in the child writer. The plot meandered, the characters and dialogue were great.

The oldest child in a big family, I identified both with Meg (who shared my name) and Jo in Little Women. Unlike Louisa May Alcott, however, I could never separate being a writer from having a family. So, I write about women, the complications of their lives, their loves, and losses. I write Women’s Fiction.

My novels, the award-winning Lipstick on the Strawberry, and Joyous Lies are published by The Wild Rose Press.

In the pages of my website, you’ll find information about my books, occasional recipes, interviews with fellow authors, and reviews of books —mainly by lesser-known women writers. I hope you enjoy them. The sisterhood —it’s what we writers of Women’s Fiction believe in.

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Welcome to my webpage, Coming Home. Whether you’ve lived in many places, as I have, or like to nest, as I also like to do, there is nothing like “coming home”.

Entertained by a warm house, friendly faces, and a cup of something comforting is the best nourishment for body and soul. “Sit down and have a cuppa,” my mother used to say to the stream of visitors who knocked at our back door.

Lingering in the kitchen as she rolled piecrust or chopped vegetables, the droppers-in talked about their lives. My mother’s family were great story-tellers. As a child, I pretended not to listen.

Curious, I heard stories about war, money troubles, difficult mothers-in-law, unexpected pregnancies, weddings, men who gambled, men who bought flowers on a whim and about others who never did, not even on your birthday.

One and all, these life stories – women’s stories – are compost, to borrow a gardening term, for the writer. How to write their stories became my dream. Of course, novels are not real life.

Mulling over and repacking experience, trying to wrestle meaning out of randomness, is the writer’s task. Telling stories seems the best way to get at the truth.

Enjoyments like writing and cooking share this in common. If done well, they turn raw ingredients into something you can’t put down till you’ve finished the whole thing. 


“At long last, I want to write to tell you how much I enjoyed your Lipstick on the Strawberry. I enjoyed reading it so much and the story just swept me along — one of those kinds of books where not much gets done by a reader caught up in the story and gobbling up words at every available opportunity. A true sign of a good book! It is a delightful read — and with many avenues to pursue in thought — family dynamics, settings, the need for love, the lure of past relationships that resurface, and the bravery that it takes to pursue love and feelings. It had many things to think about and such good description of the places and people. I am so glad to have had a chance to read it.”

Marcia M.

“Not only has my copy of your book arrived, but I have read it with great enjoyment. It displaced items like Nature from my bedside table. I was sorry when I came to the end. Are you done with these characters, or does life have more twists and turns in store for them?”

Ed L.

“It’s very well-written – a real literary novel. Some great passages of writing, comparing the winters in Boston and London. Loved the scene when Camilla and her ex-husband had a car accident and the young, pregnant girl with the giant diamond emerged – and Camilla finally got over her divorce. I thought the main strengths were the family secrets – this was a page turner – and the parts where Camilla mourns her father despite the problems they had.”

Barbara H.

“I bought your book (the e-version on Kindle), I really enjoyed it. Didn’t put it down until I got to the back cover!”

Peter R.



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