York County native Maxine Swann talks on writing and living in Argentina

Maxine Swann

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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.

Sarah Chain

I'm an avid reader and book lover living and working in downtown York. Follow me on Twitter at @sarahEchain.

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