About the Author
D. Margaret Hoffman, author of the award-winning essay collection Saving Our Lives: Volume One—Essays to Inspire the Writer in YOU, is a retired teacher of creative writing, expository writing, literature and film. She worked with kids for thirty-six years while raising two girls of her own, juggling the craziness of school and home and all the life that happens in between. Now that her girls are grown and her days are her own, she has the opportunity, finally, to survey the life that she has lived and to save the most important parts of it in her own writing.
Now, she fills her days writing, reading, wishing she was actually learning the Italian she purports to study, singing in local choirs, traveling when she can, strumming her ukulele and pretending that she doesn’t care that her house is messy. She learned that, even though one may stop teaching, one never ceases to be a teacher and so she satisfies that urge by helping others to save their lives in writing just as she has saved hers. Workshops, personal appearances and occasional substitute teaching keep her in touch with her teacher genes.
Dee lives in chilly New England with her husband and daughter. She keeps warm by crocheting afghans with the few stitches she knows and experimenting with herbal teas. The passing of DaisyCat, who warmed Hoffman laps for eighteen years, left a feline vacancy in the household that made winters a little extra shivery. Dee believes that every house needs a cat just like every bed needs a blanket, so to honor the memory of their dear Daisy, the Hoffman family rescued Cassie and George, sibling gray tabbies. Winters here are long. Two cats definitely warm things up a bit.
Going forward, Dee will continue to capture life’s moments, getting them down in essays that will save them for all time—and encourage others to do the same. Her second collection, Saving Our Lives: Volume Two—Essays to Release the Writer in YOU is now available and she is hard at work on Volume Three (Essays to Launch the Writer in YOU) to be released in 2019.
What happens after that is anybody’s guess.