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Margaret J. Anderson

Although I loved reading and telling stories as a child, I never thought of being a writer. Most of the books in our bookcases were by people like Sir Walter Scott, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens—people who were dead. Being an author didn’t seem like a healthy occupation. So, when I went to the University of Edinburgh, I studied biology and genetics.

It was only after I came to live in Oregon that I took up writing. At first I wrote about insects and plants (write about what you know). But then I discovered—or rediscovered that you can just “make it up” and I started writing fiction, mostly drawing on my Scottish background.

From A Place Far Away


I've now gone the full circle
and am back to writing nonfiction.
This time my own life story.
From a Place Far Away
is my memoir,
covering my Scottish childhood
before and during World War II.
(Lychgate Press, June, 2017)





I sometimes hear from people who read my out-of-print, time-slip and historical novels as children . I am happy to announce that To Nowhere and back and In the Keep of Time are back in print with Lychgate Press.

To Nowhere and Back In the Keep of Time

Coming Soon: Journey of the Shadow Bairns Jena

Cover Designs for
the re-issue of
In the Keep of Time and
To Nowhere and Back
by Jena Anderson








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