It's been several weeks since I last wrote a POLAIK (Profile Of Local Author/Artist I Know) blog post. But today it's appropriate, for today this post is about Margot Hovley and today is her birthday.
I've probably known Margot longer than any of the other artists and authors I've profiled in my POLAIK posts. I did a play back in 2006 and one of the cast members told me about Margot. "You're a writer. You should read my friend Margot's book. It's SO good!" I was also told she had a writer's group that I should try and get in.
Since 2006 I met and got to know Margot. She is, in a word, remarkable. Yes, she's a published author with novels, short stories and numerous articles to her name. You can access her website: HERE.
She's also a teacher. She teaches writing and gives piano lessons. A few years ago Margot asked if my kids would be interested in joining a writing group for teenagers. My three teenagers were and they joined.
And they loved it!
Margot used part of the writing group's time to teach and help the young writers to learn the nuances of the craft. I attended a couple of times and was totally impressed. Now, I'm fortunate enough to be part of her adult writing group ("Adult" meaning the age of the participants, not the genre in which we write--I felt it was important to make that distinction...).
For those of you lucky enough to know Margot, you understand when I say it's hard to find a nicer person. If she's involved in a project, she makes it better. And on this day I'd like to use this humble little blog to wish her a happy birthday and thank her for everything she's done for me and my family.