On April 9, 2005, Maxine Thompson received an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humanities at 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 since March 2002. She earned her Bachelor's Degree with honors from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, in 1973 as an English major.
A former social worker of twenty-three years, Maxine currently resides in California, where she keeps herself busy supporting artists through her 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)
In June 2007, Dr. Maxine Thompson received an Award from the City of Los Angeles for contributing to Literacy through the first Leimert Park Book Festival.
As of 6-23-12, Maxine Thompson has sold over 70 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.
Hostage of Lie was picked up by Black Expressions. LA Blues 1, and 2 are currently on Black Expression as of 6-23-12.
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)), The Self-Publishing Conference ( New York), 2007, The Leimert Park Conference (2007) (2008), The National Black Book Festival (2011),
The Bayou Soul Book Conference 7-5-12, 7-6-12.