Maureen Amaturo a long-ago server of pastries and sandwich maker in a Jersey City deli, grew up to be a New York-based fashion/beauty writer with an MFA in Creative Writing. She teaches writing, leads the Sound Shore Writers Group (which she founded in 2007), and produces literary events. Her fiction, essays, creative non-fiction, poetry, and comedy are widely published. Maureen was nominated for The Bram Stoker Award and the TDS Creative Fiction Award in 2020 and again in 2021. A handwriting analyst diagnosed her with an overdeveloped imagination. She's working to live up to that. She also spent time working in the hospitality industry.