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wordsMaureen-ParaventiI have CWD. Compulsive Writing Disorder. Sadly, there is very little attention given to this condition in the way of research, treatments or support groups. I may organize a fundraiser, like a walk or a candlelit vigil, that will raise money to enable CWD sufferers to afford the therapy they so desperately need. What’s particularly galling is that CWD has gotten no scrutiny at all from the pharmaceutical industry, which is usually willing to charge people for pills for JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING, including diseases and disorders that it has to invent.

I’m a Detroit-based writer. I write novels, stage plays, screenplays, nonfiction and songs. When I’m not writing, I act in local theatre and sing in a pop/rock/Irish band called McLaughlin’s Alley.

STAGE PLAYS

Despite the limitations imposed on theatre by the pandemic, I’ve been fortunate to have some of my plays produced online. “Antares Awaits” is a comedy about ambition, spirituality and how internet fame can come back to bite you in the- well, you know. The Roial Players at Michigan State University did an incredibly imaginative job of staging the show online. Click here to watch it on Youtube.

You can also watch “Jack Writes Home” online, by clicking here. This play was part of St. Dunstan’s Virtual Short Play Festival. It’s especially near and dear to my heart, because it is based on letters my father wrote home during WWII.

I’m also working on “Detroit 2020,” with fellow members of Extra Mile Playwrights Theatre. Last year was a momentous one for pretty much everybody on Planet Earth. In this collaborative piece, we’re going to focus on how events played out in the Motor City, from all different perspectives. My part in it will be based on the real experiences of a ballot counter who worked at TCF in Detroit.

NONFICTION

My latest book is a nonfiction exploration of the lives of single women of a certain age called, The New Old Maid. Interviews with unmarried women aged 40+ from all over the U.S. form the basis of the book, which is getting lots of attention. I also discuss spinsters in popular culture, like Miss Marple, Jane Hathaway, Mary Tyler Moore and Samantha Jones. And- there’s a section of famous old maids, some of whom will surprise you.

Thanks for visiting my website. Look around. Feel free to follow the links and buy something. It’ll help me pay for the therapy I so desperately need to help me deal with my CWD.