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Margaret Verble is an enrolled and voting citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a member of a large Cherokee family that has, through generations, made many contributions to the tribe’s history and survival. Although many of her family have remained in Oklahoma to this day, and some still own and farm the land on which her books are set, Margaret was raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Margaret's first novel, Maud's Line, was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016. Her second novel, Cherokee America, has recently been listed by the New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year for 2019. It is set in 1875 in the Arkansas River bottoms of the old Cherokee Nation West and is a prequel to Maud's Line. The books are linked both by their setting and by four characters who are young in Cherokee America and elders in Maud's Line.


Margaret writes every day, and is currently working on a book set in Nashville. But she is also imagining a third book set in the Arkansas River bottoms which most likely will carry some the characters of Maud's Line forward into the middle of the 20th Century.


Margaret is a member of the Authors Guild and Western Writers of America.