Margaret Harmon


Just before her fifth birthday, Margaret decided to become an author--and was expelled from kindergarten for reading during naptime. School soon got better, and she began writing humor and poetry for publication at sixteen.

At three California colleges and universities, she studied French and writing, intending to move to France to become a French novelist. Instead, she married a fellow American and taught English and French in high school and college.

Still driven to write, she stopped teaching to freelance feature articles and humor pieces and write novels, fables, and short stories. She and her geography professor husband and two children lived in England and France on sabbaticals.

The Man Who Learned to Walk In Shoes That Pinch was "the most-requested book, ever, from a LOS ANGELES TIMES review" and won Margaret a spot on "The Best of the Best San Diego Writers" on National Public Radio. PINCH fables have become favorites with story tellers and literature and oral interpretation professors, and they're analyzed in a French doctoral dissertation.

An avid birder and artist, Margaret wrote and illustrated A Field Guide to North American Birders--A Parody, which won First Place in the 2002 San Diego Book Awards' Fun and Games Division.

The Genie Who Had Wishes of His Own: 21st-Century Fables keeps exploring how to be who we really mean to be.

Margaret lives in California with her husband. They travel to see new birds and birders, collect exotic accents and languages (like Maya), and discover irresistible characters for fiction.

Selected Works

A New Book of Modern Fables
An American Aesop's newest fables help us become who we want to be --alone, together, or in a mob. Perfect for troubled times, fables are problem-solving tools.
Birding Humor
Birders watch birds--and other birders. That's the premise of Margaret Harmon's laugh-out-loud parody in classic field guide format. It identifies our favorite companions on the trail--and the few we'd like to strangle. "[It shows] why birding is so much fun." BIRDING Magazine
Modern Fables
explores life's most serious issues--by playing with them. These sly tales, surprising and rich, empower as they amuse."Hedonistic and luxurious"Los Angeles Times

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