On April 9, 2005, Maxine Thompson received an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humanities from Loyola Marymount University, Westchester, California, through
The R.O.S.E. Ministries-Worldwide.
Called a "Renaissance Woman" by her peers, she is largely self-taught in the areas of e-book publishing, book doctoring, ghostwriting, story editing, literary coaching, column writing, information marketing, and Internet radio show hosting.
She earned her Bachelor's Degree with honors from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, in 1973 as an English major.
Maxine currently resides in California, where she keeps herself busy supporting artists through her non-profit, Maxine Thompson's Literary and Education Services. Maxine is making her mark
in the literary and publishing fields, opening doors once closed to black writers and bringing new emerging writers with intriguing story lines and characters with depth and texture with her.
Her novel, Hostage of Lies, was published on December 1, 2009 under Urban Books/Kensington. Her next novel, LA Blues is due out in October 2010. Hostage of Lies was voted as a Best Book of 2009 by EDC-Creations/Black Pearl Magazine.
Maxine Thompson is a freelance Internet writer, and an expert on Ezinearticles.com and Selfgrowth.com. She recently starting writing for Demandstudios.com as a freelance writer. She's had some of her articles featured on Ehow.com.
Maxine E. Thompson is an award-winning writer. From 1982 to 1986, she won many poetry awards. In 1989,
Ms. Thompson won $1,000 in Ebony's first Writing Contest for her short story, "Valley of the Shadow.
She received a small PEN
award for her novel, The Ebony Tree, and an International Black Writer's Association award for her short story, "The Rainbow."
She has self-published 2 novels, The Ebony Tree and No Pockets in a Shroud, a short story collection, A
Place Called Home (2001) and 3 ebooks, How To Promote, Market and Sell Your Book Via eBook Publishing (April 2000) and workbook, CD ebook,The Hush Hush Secrets of Writing Fiction That Sells.(April 2003)
and latest released ebook, The Hush Hush Secrets of Creating a Life You Love. (August 2005) In 2002, she published her writer's group anthology, Saturday Morning.
In June 2003, her short story,
VALLEY OF THE SHADOW, was published in Kensington's Anthology, PROVERBS FOR THE PEOPLE.
On 08-27-05 Dr. Thompson received an award from the Metro Lit Detroit Writing Collective Literary Awards Dinner for Literary Spirit in Motion: Business Supporting New and Upcoming Writers.
On January 15, 2006, she received a Certificate of Achievement-Literary Award Winner for 2005 from Marguerite Press.
On 6-15-06, Dr. Maxine Thompson was included in Heather Covington's new book, Literary Divas; The Top 100+ Most Admired
African-American Women in Literature. (www.amberbooks.com. Released April 2006)
As of 09-30-06, Maxine Thompson has sold over 61 books to New York Publishers for both herself and other writers. Maxine Thompson sold an anthology called SECRET LOVERS to Carl Weber's Urban Books/Kensington Books which was released in June 2006.
This anthology was chosen as a BLACK EXPRESSION'S ALTERNATE CHOICE as of 3-1-06. Her novella, SECOND CHANCES, was one of the stories to be published in the anthology, as well as romance writer Patricia Anne Phillips' IRRESISTIBLE FLAMES, and prolific writer, Michelle McGriff's DETOURED.
On 7-8-06, SECRET LOVERS made the Black Expressions' Book Club BESTSELLER'S LIST.
In December 2006, SECRET LOVERS, was Chosen as Best Novella of 2006 under Black Refer Reviewer's Choice, spearheaded by Reviewer, Author, Publicist, Internet Show host, Delores Thornton.
Dr. Thompson's novella, SUMMER OF SALVATION, was released in April 2007 through Dreams Publishing as part of an anthology called ALL IN THE FAMILY with bestselling BET/Kensington Author, Janice Sims.
Dr. Thompson's novella, KATRINA BLUES, was released in June of 2007 under Urban Books/Kensington as part of anthology, NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS BEFORE. (It is now a bestselling Kindle edition on Amazon.)
NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS BEFORE has been picked up by Black Expressions Book Club.
Internet Radio Show.
Since March 5, 2002, Dr. Thompson has conducted over 2,000 hours of live Internet radio interviews. March 5, 2006 marks Maxine's fourth year as a host with Voiceamerica Internet Radio
for her show, "On The Same Page." She has been a host with Artistfirst.com since March 1, 2004. She launched her own Internet Radio network on March 1, 2005 at www.maxineshow.com.
A much sought-after speaker, Maxine Thompson has conducted workshops nationwide on various aspects of writing,
self-publishing, Ebook publishing, and Internet Marketing. She has been a seminar conductor at Black Writers on Tour (2000 to 2006),The First Cruise of The African American Book Club in 2000, The Dallas Black Writers Reunion Conference (2001), The New York Sodus Multicultural Fair (2001),The Baltimore
Book Festival (2002), The National Book Club Conference (Atlanta, 2003, 2004, Cincinatti's Black Writers Conference (2005)
Under Maxine Thompson's Literary Services, she has personally story or copy edited, formatted, or ghostwritten numerous books in the past 8 years for other authors. Recently, she has began an editor-in-training program to assist with the ever growing workload. She has edited books which have made the New York Times Bestseller's list, as well as Essence Bestseller's List.
In December 1998, she created On The Same Page, her website ezine column for new and self-published writers. She has written a monthly column on
self-publishing on careermag.com. She had a published short story, "Dance of The DNA,"
on the Moondance website in the Summer '99 issue. She had an article on LA Woman Magazine's website.
called, "Burn Out or Divine Discontent?"
Maxine has written a monthly
column on www.bwip.org and a column on TheBlackMarket.com, regarding self-publishing.
Her book reviews were first featured on Netnoir now know as Black Voices from September
1 1999 to March 2002 and on the Bookreport.com. In July 2003, she began writing book
reviews for Africana.com.
Maxine Thompson has numerous articles being used from IdeaMarketers.com and on other ezines.
All of these serve to bring publicity to the writers on On The Same Page.
As a writer, herself, Maxine Thompson has had many poems, short stories, and articles published in off-line anthologies and magazines.
She authored an article called "Writer's Watershed," which was published in the national magazine, The Writer, in November, 1997. She is the Treasurer of The Saturday Morning Literary Workshop,
a group of highly-talented writers, of which she has been a member since February 1992. She is at home with poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Her biggest writing experience comes from being a former Child Protective Services Worker for 23 years in the inner cities of Detroit and Los Angeles.
Black Butterfly Press was featured in Black Enterprise
in April 2001. Maxine Thompson has also been featured in LA Times Our Times,
Black Issues Book Review, Dialogue Magazine
Inland Valley News. She has been a regular guest columnist in the International Paper,
The Final Call. She has been published in The Writer,
Mosaicbooks Magazine and
Metro Exchange Magazine. In 2002, she was featured in Spring Issue of Iris
a Journal about women's Emerging Voices, Article: "Cool Women to Watch For."
On March 5, 2002, Maxine Thompson began hosting an Internet Radio Show on VoiceAmerica.com.
She has been featured on Page One and on
Books and Authors. In February 2003, she was featured on
C & B Books Distribution website.
In August 2003, she began writing columns on the new literary renaissance for
Booking Matters Magazine.
In July 2003, she began her Literary Agency, in order to assist writers seeking book deals with New York's traditional publisher or mid-size publishers.
In March 2004, she was interviewed and featured as Who's Who in The Literary Society at
The Literary World website. She has been a talk show host at ArtistFirst.com since March 2004 and
did a six-month stint with Harambee Radio