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Maggie the Military Rat

A Tale of Friendship and Service

Tell us about yourself.

I am an active duty Air Force spouse and mom to 3 kiddos. I am also a first-generation Romanian immigrant and a lawyer who now teaches legal writing.

How has military life been for you?

It has been challenging at times, but also has helped me grow into a stronger, more resilient person. I feel like we have been pretty lucky in terms of assignments. We have made some great friends and lived in beautiful places.

Tell us about your book.

Maggie P. Worthington is a military rat - well, she wants to be. She tries to enlist, but falls short. She tries to serve the soldiers, but gets kicked out of the mess hall. Even her attempt to send letters to the troops misfires! In the end, Maggie learns that even the smallest of us can serve...just by being a friend.

How were you inspired to write it? 

While preparing for our first military move with kids, I searched in vain for a quality picture book to explain to my kids their unique role as military brats. When I couldn't find what I was looking for, I was inspired to write my own book. The idea for a "military rat" came from my then three-year-old daughter, who misunderstood the term military brat.

How long has this idea been in the works?

6 years! I came up with the idea in 2017.

Anything to share about the writing and publishing process?

Traditional publishing is a very long, very difficult road. If you believe in your story, don't be afraid to self-publish! It's a lot of work, but I love having control over all aspects of the creative process. Don't give up!

What is your message to the military community, family, and kids?

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your service. I am in awe of how incredibly selfless the military community is. For military kids - you are never too small to make a difference.

My hope is that this book makes military kids feel seen. They deserve it.

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