About Me

10411138_10152786676008184_3848377038478666992_n[1]Hello! I live in Sacramento, California with my husband and daughters.  When I was young, my dream was to be able to read and write and to talk about reading and writing all day long. Now I’m a teacher and a writer. Life is pretty sweet.

As Maureen O’Leary Wanket, I am the the author of the young adult novel How to Be Manly (Giant Squid Books).

As Maureen O’Leary, I am the author of the urban fantasy novel The Arrow (Geminid Press). My adult literary novel The Ghost Daughter released through Coffeetown Press in July 2016.

Also as Maureen O’Leary, my short stories and poetry can be found in literary magazines such as Esopus, Prick of the Spindle, Brackish Vol. 2, Night Train Journal, and The Gold Man Review Issue 5, as well as the Shade Mountain Press anthology The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women. I am the recipient of the Sacramento Valley Writers poetry contest, and my poem will appear in a forthcoming release about the people and environment of the Sacramento Valley by Heyday Books.


(I prefer the way I look with large sunglasses on my face.  However, just so you understand that I do have eyes, here is a recent photo of me taken during my graduation from my Masters program.)

I am lightweight addicted to Twitter.

Don’t even get me started on Pinterest.

Check out my author page on Facebook.

I have a quirky Instagram situation. Venture if you dare.

Welcome to my website. It’s nice to meet you.


(Here is another pic of me with my eyes showing. Check out my snazzy bow tie. You know you want one.)


  1. I only just this moment met you, but i love you with the white hot heat of a thousand suns. call me.


  2. Shannon Mooney

    Mrs. Wanket,
    I read your blog post on facebook. And then I matched up your picture to CB’s directory and realize you are the same teacher my son Nick Mooney said would write him a college recommendation even though he transfered to another school this year. When I asked him, “Which teacher at CB will write you a recommendation since teachers at Del Oro don’t really know you all that well?” Of course as I write that, I realize it is probably not true given Nick’s talkative, loud, attention demanding personality. But without hesitation, he said “Wanket – she likes me. She is awesome!” I know why the boys on the football team must have chosen you to be on the field with them. Like him they probably felt you connected with them. You connected with my boy and he loved your class. Anyone who can see the potential and smarts in my social, talkative 17 year old AND handle him in a classroom setting is nothing short of a saint.

    P.S. Nick was accepted at College of Idaho last week and got a letter of intent from the baseball coach!! Thank you for writing him a recommendation!!

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    1. Nick was a great student and a wonderful writer. It was an honor to be his teacher. Thank you for the wonderful comments, and tell Nick congratulations for me.


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