Megan Edwards

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Megan Frances Edwards (born December 17, 1952) is an American writer and editor.

Megan Edwards

Edwards was born in Great Lakes, Illinois, near North Chicago. She graduated with a B.A. from Scripps College in classics and an M.A. in education from Claremont Graduate University, after which she worked in Germany, Greece, California, Texas, and Nevada, as a teacher and also a school principal. She was also a columnist (1993–1998) for the Pasadena Weekly and a contributing writer (2000–2001) for the Las Vegas Weekly.

On October 27, 1993, the house where she and her husband lived in California burned down in a wildfire, destroying nearly all their possessions. Instead of rebuilding, they bought a custom motorhome, named it "Phoenix One" and began a road trip that lasted six years. During this time the couple pioneered the (then difficult) art of connecting to the Internet while traveling.[1][2] One result was "RoadTrip America", a web resource started in 1996 for touring in North America.

The first four years of her adventures in Phoenix One are recorded in the book "Roads from the Ashes".[3] In general, the book was well received.[4][5][6][7][8][9] On the 20th anniversary of the original publication, an ebook version with photos from the journey was published in 2018.[10]

In 2008 a collection titled "Caution: Funny Signs Ahead" was published. The book contains pictures of actual signs that are humorous due to juxtapositions, misspellings, double entendres, etc., and which were originally published online at RoadTripAmerica.com.[11]

In 2010 Edwards contributed a short story to "The Perpetual Engine of Hope," an anthology featuring stories written by seven Las Vegas writers.[12] She became a contributing writer for Nevada Public Radio's Desert Companion magazine in 2012.

In 2014, Edwards contributed a short essay to “Nevada: 150 Years in the Silver State” Geoff Schumacher (editor) Stephens Press.[13]

In 2017, Edwards debut novel "Getting off on Frank Sinatra: A Copper Black Mystery," was published by Imbrifex Books, March 2017. In general, the book was well received.[14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23]

In 2018, Edwards’ novel “Getting off on Frank Sinatra” was the Gold winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Novel.[24] It was also a Bronze winter for the 2017 Foreword INDIES[25] and Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.[26] Her novel Strings was a Gold winner for the Benjamin Franklin Award for Romance[27] and it also received Honorable Mentions in the 2017 Foreword INDIES[28] and Reviewers Choice Award for Romance, Music & Arts. “Full Service Blonde” was the 2017 INDIES Honorable Mention winner for Mystery.[29] Edwards’s novel “Full Service Blonde” was the Gold winner for the Benjamin Franklin Award for Mystery.[30]

Other books published by Imbrifex Books include: "Strings: A Love Story," published September 2017[31] and "Full Service Blonde: A Copper Black Mystery" published in November, 2017.[32] Each were very well received.[33][34][35][36][37][38][39][40][41][42][43]

Edwards also contributed a short story to "Live Through This: An Anthology of Unnatural Disasters," an anthology featuring stories written by eleven Las Vegas writers in 2018. Geoff Schumacher (Editor), Huntington Press,[44]

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  1. ^ Samantha Miller, People Magazine Dec 2 1996 pg. 38, "Lost in America"
  2. ^ Annette Winter, Westways Magazine March–April 2000 pg. 60, "Millennium Gypsies" Archived 2007-10-28 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Megan Edwards, "Roads from the Ashes", Trilogy Books, May 1999; ISBN 978-1-891290-01-5
  4. ^ Al Martinez, LA Times March 19, 1999 Metro Section page B1, "A Song of the Open Road"
  5. ^ JoAnne Mary Benson, Library Journal, May 1, 1999, Vol. 124 Issue 8, p. 100.
  6. ^ Jayne Clark, USA Today July 9, 1999 Life Section pg. 4-D
  7. ^ June Sawyers, Chicago Tribune July 11, 1999, Travel Section pg. 14 in "The Resourceful Traveler"
  8. ^ Charles Solomon, LA Times Sept. 23, 1999, Highway 1 Section pg. 9, "One for the Read"
  9. ^ In December 2018, the 20th anniversary of this book was published as e-book by Imbrifex Books. ISBN 9781945501333
  10. ^ Roads from the ashes : an odyssey in real life on the virtual frontier (20th Anniversary ed.). ISBN 9781945501333.
  11. ^ RoadTrip America (Compiler), "Caution: Funny Signs Ahead", Ulysses Press, November 2008; ISBN 978-1-56975-687-4
  12. ^ Geoff Schumacher (Editor), "The Perpetual Engine of Hope", Stephens Press, November 2010; ISBN 978-1-935043-35-5
  13. ^ Nevada : 150 years in the silver state (First ed.). ISBN 9781935043775.
  14. ^ "Getting off on Frank Sinatra", Imbrifex Books, March 2017; ISBN 9780997236903
  15. ^ "Las Vegas author debuts mystery 'Getting Off on Frank Sinatra'". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2 April 2017.
  16. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Getting Off on Frank Sinatra by Megan Edwards. Imbrifex, $15 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-0-9972369-0-3". PublishersWeekly.com.
  17. ^ "GETTING OFF ON FRANK SINATRA by Megan Edwards | Kirkus Reviews".
  18. ^ "Getting off on Frank Sinatra – | The Hollywood Times".
  19. ^ "'Getting off on Frank Sinatra' A Thrilling Modern Murder Mystery". The Good Men Project. 18 March 2017.
  20. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Quirky New Book GETTING OFF ON FRANK SINATRA to Take Readers to Places Vegas Tourists Rarely See". BroadwayWorld.com.
  21. ^ Columnist, Francine Brokaw Community. "Book review: 'Getting off on Frank Sinatra' by Megan Edwards". Daily Herald.
  22. ^ "Getting Off On Frank Sinatra". Blend Radio & TV Magazine. 30 March 2017.
  23. ^ "Las Vegas Review-Journal on Instagram: "The "Getting Off on #FrankSinatra" #cocktail at @AtomicLiquors on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in #downtown #LasVegas. The drink was made in…"". Instagram.
  24. ^ "30th Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ - Independent Book Publishers Association". www.ibpa-online.org.
  25. ^ ""Getting off on Frank Sinatra" is a 2017 Foreword INDIES Winner". www.forewordreviews.com.
  26. ^ Awards, Next Generation Indie Book. "Next Generation Indie Book Awards". indiebookawards.com.
  27. ^ "30th Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ - Independent Book Publishers Association". www.ibpa-online.org.
  28. ^ ""Strings" is a 2017 Foreword INDIES Winner". www.forewordreviews.com.
  29. ^ ""Full Service Blonde" is a 2017 Foreword INDIES Winner". www.forewordreviews.com.
  30. ^ "30th Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ - Independent Book Publishers Association". www.ibpa-online.org.
  31. ^ "Strings: A Love Story", Imbrifex Books, September 2017; ISBN 9781945501036
  32. ^ "Full Service Blonde: A Copper Black Mystery," Imbrifex Books, November 2017. ISBN 9781945501005
  33. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Strings: A Love Story by Megan Edwards. Imbrifex, $13 trade paper (210p) ISBN 978-1-945501-03-6". PublishersWeekly.com.
  34. ^ Lewis, Nina (11 September 2017). "Strings: A Love Story Book Review". Grandma Ideas.
  35. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Las Vegas Author Megan Edwards Releases New Book STRINGS: A LOVE STORY". BroadwayWorld.com.
  36. ^ "Book Review: Strings: A Love Story by Megan Edwards". Sip, Read, Love. 4 September 2017.
  37. ^ "Review: Strings: A Love Story by Megan Edwards". Opinionated Book Lover. 18 August 2017.
  38. ^ "Strings: A Love Story by Megan Edwards". Why Girls Are Weird. 22 June 2017.
  39. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Full Service Blonde: A Copper Black Mystery by Megan Edwards. Imbrifex, $15 trade paper (306p) ISBN 978-1-9455010-0-5". PublishersWeekly.com.
  40. ^ "Review of Full Service Blonde". www.forewordreviews.com.
  41. ^ "New mystery book includes some Pahrump flavor". Pahrump Valley Times. 27 November 2017.
  42. ^ "Early #Review Full Service Blonde by Megan Edwards". MiniMac Reviews. 17 July 2017.
  43. ^ "Full Service Blonde by Megan Edwards". letterslibations.
  44. ^ "Live Through This: An Anthology of Unnatural Disasters" Huntington Press, September 2018; ISBN 9781944877200

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