Margaret Afseth


Margaret Afseth, a Canadian novelist, grew up on the prairies. She raised her four children from preschool age to teens on her own. Now, as a widow and grandmother, through the encouragement of her family to follow her dream of writing full time, and publishing her work, she has stepped to the publishing stage in the latter years of her life.
Since her late teens, Margaret was always an avid reader and clandestine writer, but due to discouragement, and the unfortunate hard lesson in which her first novel was destroyed by a misguided counselor, she was too publisher shy to go through the gauntlet of the critics...until, that is, the ease of on line self-publishing became available.
In February 2013 Margaret published the three books of her first sci-fi thriller, the Aopato Chronicles. August of 2013, Book 1, of the Noor Chronicles, Gentle Beast, followed. Watch for Book 2 coming soon in 2014

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada.
I loved to read adventure and mystery stories, but I believe I was influenced more by television. Our TV didn't come to us until I was a teen, and then it was only a black and white picture. Star Trek was very popular in our home, and to this day my brothers are diehard fans of sci-fi.
When did you first start writing?
My education was cut short after grade ten. I was the eldest, and being a girl, it was expected that I care for the younger members. I also married soon after I left home. It wasn't until I was abandoned with four young children that I started to write for my own escape and relaxation.
At that time, I even sent my work to various publishing houses, but I was very green...and maybe a bit ahead of the times. Whatever the reason, my novels did not catch notice.
I got into a cult church during those days, and was assigned a counselor. Proudly, I produced my hobby. And to his mind, and in his words, my work was an abomination. 'People like me weren't meant to write.'
Needless to say, I stopped writing.
Oh, did I mention? He burned my manuscript without my permission.
I did not go back to writing until my second husband encouraged me to do so. I then took a correspondence course in writing, and it went from there.
Read more of this interview.


This member has not published any books.

Margaret Afseth's favorite authors on Smashwords

Smashwords book reviews by Margaret Afseth

  • Size Seven Shorts on March 09, 2013

    Encouraging, delightful, thought provoking. A good short read. I loved it.
  • Short End Of The Stick on March 19, 2013

    Amazing, amusing, heart-wrenching; these stories made me cry. Kathleen deserves accolades for being so open and honest. A must read.
  • Deep Bay Vengeance on March 31, 2013

    Excellent story line; fast paced. An exciting read. An excellent reminder of what's most important.
  • Deep Bay Relic on April 14, 2013

    Though some people never learn from their mistakes, let's not be the same; that is the message I came away with from this novel. The book flows well, is suspenseful, and keeps your continual interest. A definate good read. I'll be waiting to read her next one.
  • The Prion Attachment on May 19, 2013

    Attention: all you zombie fans! Here's a book for you. It puts the zombie craze in its proper prospect with a twist at the end you'd never expect. Well written, fast paced, suspenseful; a cliff hanger on every page. A definite must read!