Maureen Gill has worn many hats but the one she believes most defines her, especially in the way it informs her writing, is her historian's hat. Among other academic awards, Maureen has won four Carnegie-Mellon Foundation awards for outstanding historical research and writing, possibly the most number of Mellon's ever won by one person. A former legal and medical researcher, paralegal and college history and philosophy teacher, Maureen uses her grasp of US history and popular culture, as well as her skills for in-depth research and analysis, to write cutting edge contemporary fiction that tackles hot button topics such as female genital mutilation, racism, religious fanaticism, political corruption, animal abuse, human trafficking, mental illness and the vagaries and puzzles of family dynamics. Her debut novel, January Moon, is the first in her "Del Carter Calendar Series." A native Chicagoan, Maureen is pleased that her writing style has been described as a gale force wind off Lake Michigan. Maureen has been praised for her biting humor and sardonic wit as well as for her fast-past drama, unique plots, and unforgettable characters. Read more about Maureen in her BIO printed at this blog. You might also want to follow Maureen and her writing at her blog "The Windy City Author" (http://windycityauthor.blogspot.com) and also visit her website at maureengill.net.