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Bio

“Storytelling and writing, for me, are wonderful ways to bring history to life, strengthen faith and old-fashioned values, and sprinkle a little humor along the way.”
 

Madelyn is a retired performing member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild and a member of the National Storytelling Network, the Lost State Writers Guild, Virginia Writers Club, and the Appalachian Authors Guild.  She has performed at many storytelling events including the Swappin’ Ground at the National Storytelling Festival, the Pre-Festival Concert, and storytelling venues in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New York.

After retiring from a 30-year career in Corporate America, Madelyn moved to Northeast Tennessee in the mid-1990’s and started strolling the streets of Jonesborough as a tour guide.  Little did she know or expect that it would launch her into a second career.  She fell in love with storytelling - historical stories at first, then spooky stories for evening ghost walks, followed by spiritual stories for church tour groups.  Today as a professional storyteller and published author, Madelyn has included patriotic, folklore, “old car” and family stories as well.  She often incorporates music with her stage performances, either lending her own musical talents, or sometimes accompanied by her musician husband. 

   Additional Information about Madelyn

  • Born in Rochester NY

  • Started school in Ontario, Canada

  • Early school years in El Centro CA

  • High school and college in Rochester NY

  • President of Future Business Leaders of America in high school and member of the National Honor Society

  • Taught Economics and assisted with teaching Business Law for Certified Professional Secretaries program

  • Past Matron of Eastern Star Chapter (Rochester NY)

  • Worked in corporate for 30+ years

  • Owner and bookkeeper for family mini-storage business

  • Owner of office management company: worked with establishment of ISO certifications, venture companies, architects, civil engineers, copier company, and pharmaceutical manufacturer

  • Moved to Northeast Tennessee in 1996

  • Tour guide for Positive Solutions Storytelling Tours in Jonesborough, Tennessee's oldest town

  • Performing member, newsletter editor, and corresponding secretary of Jonesborough Storytellers Guild

  • Member of the National Storytelling Network

  • Member of The Lost State Writers Guild, Virginia Writers Club, and Appalachian Authors Guild

  • Guest editor for Herald & Tribune newspaper for Positive Points column

  • Freelance writer for large medical hospital group

  • Published author since 2014

 

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  • Involved in antique car hobby for 30+ years (restoration, showing, judging and conducting seminars)

  • Past president of two AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) regions: Kingsport and Greeneville TN

  • Past newsletter editor and webmaster for Kingsport and Greeneville AACA Regions

  • Winner of Ann S. Eady Memorial Award from AACA for top newsletter in the country.

  • Member of the Board of Trustees for the Jonesborough United Methodist Church

  • Choir member

  • Stephen Minister