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Maxine O'Callaghan

USA flag (b.1937)

Maxine OCallaghan was born in Tennessee in 1937 and grew up in the boot heel of Missouri as a sharecroppers child.  She was the first in her large extended family to finish high school and left a few days after graduation with ten dollars and a bus ticket for Memphis.  She went from there to Miami where she joined the Marine Corp Reserve and then to Chicago where she went on active duty for a while and got her first taste of California during basic training at the Recruit Depot in San Diego.

In 1972 she moved with her husband and two children to Orange County, CA, a long way from the cotton fields of her childhood.  As a stay-at-home mom she began her writing career with short stories, including one to Alfred Hitchcocks Mystery Magazine about a private detective named Delilah West, which predates both Marcia Muller and Sue Graftons entry into the female PI genre. She published thirteen novels and a collection of short stories.  She has been nominated for both the Anthony and Bram Stoker award.  Her novels and short fiction featuring Delilah West were honored by the Private Eye Writers of America with their lifetime achievement award, The Eye, for her contribution to the field.

Genres: Romance, Horror
Series contributed to
Anthologies containing stories by Maxine O'Callaghan
Short stories
Wolf Winter (1991)Bram Stoker (nominee)
Wuffs (1995) (with Brandon Apperson)

Bram Stoker Best Short Story nominee (1992) : Wolf Winter
Shamus Awards Best Novel nominee (1998) : Down for the Count