Maxine Swann had a childhood based in the natural world. Born in York and raised on a farm in Stewartstown, Swann’s parents aimed to grow, raise or create anything the family needed.
“They were what is now called ‘back-to-the-landers,’” Swann said. “The idea was that we wouldn’t buy anything. Now it boggles my mind that they were able to do that, now that I have a family and realize all the work involved.”
Her family’s large farm provided Swann with a sense of growing up in the wilderness, she said. Her other great love — reading — also came from her parents. Her father, a reporter at The Gazette and Daily, filled their home with books. As she read, she yearned to write something of her own, as well.
“I … think I’m someone who, I read something or do something and then I want to make something of it,” she said.
Decades later, Swann, 44, is a celebrated author with three novels under her belt and a growing interest in freelance journalism. Read more about her writing and how she ended up in Argentina at Book Buzz, www.yorkblog.com/books.