CiCi Coughlin, who was actually born Maggie (hence all the MaggieSheWrote handles), pays the mortgage by being a strategist, speaker, workshop leader, and freelance writer. But she’s really a storyteller, perpetual student, dog schmuck, and explorer of all things. She has a ridiculous collection of hair flowers and fascinators, which she wears at will, and can tell you where to find the best traditional, Greek, Italian, Irish, and breakfast nachos in Atlanta.
During a 25-year marketing, project management, and communications strategy career, she drafted literally hundreds of business plans, white papers, instruction manuals, and other stuff no one else wanted to write. She’s also sold more than 1,500 how-to, business, and lifestyle articles to print and online publications. She’s credentialled by both the International Coaching Federation and the Myers & Briggs Foundation, and recently finished her master’s with a thesis on inclusivity in popular romance. She’s not getting a PhD. Probably.
CiCi’s fiction career officially launched in 2011, when she sold her first book to Loose Id. That title was followed by four more split between Loose Id and Ellora’s Cave. Back then, she was considered erotic. Now, apparently, she’s just “high heat.” Whatevs. Either way, she had such a great time with the book that didn’t fit that she decided to reclaim her rights and go indie in late 2016. She’s been happy as the proverbial clam ever since.
She’s currently serializing a 13-season sexy contemporary collection (Boudoir de Deux) on the Radish Fiction app, and her computer is laden with half-finished manuscripts in women’s fiction, psychological horror, comedy, cozy mystery, and fantasy romance. CiCi lives south of the city with the Staffy mix who rescued her, cannot live without peanut butter, and thinks smart, introspective, damaged heroes are about as sexy as it gets.
Find CiCi on Instagram and Pinterest as MaggieSheWrote, and check out her brand new YouTube show I Know, Write? which she films with her writing partner, Romily Bernard. And, if you like romantic suspense, go see her other self over at ThatMaggieKerr.com.