Maureen Mertens began earning a living as a writer creating television and radio commercials at Marx Advertising in Milwaukee. After seven plus years working for Marx and then with Dan Blake Advertising, she opened her own agency and then joined with Steve Claytor to create MAS Consulting, an advertising consulting firm in Milwaukee that handled major department stores and banking institutions. She eventually sold her agency to an employee, went back to college at UW-Milwaukee, majoring in English and earning a master’s degree in creative writing in 1991. While attending college, she taught business and creative writing at UWM, Milwaukee Area Technical College and Marquette University.
In 1990, her short story “Teddy” was published in the Milwaukee Journal’s Wisconsin weekly magazine, and with publication Wade Mosby, the paper’s Green Sheet editor and long time reporter, invited her to join Allied Authors. Maureen has attended various writing workings, including the Screen Writing Workshop for UCLA in London, New York University, Rhinelander School of Arts and Marquette University.
In 1991, she began teaching English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and about the same time, became a freelance reporter — a “stringer” — at Community Newspapers, Milwaukee, and then joined the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel in 1994. She continues writing for the paper, now called Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Council of Wisconsin Writers and Park People of Milwaukee County.
Her published works include articles in Wisconsin Magazine, Home Gallery Magazine, Travel Host and Women’s Wear Daily. She also received an honorable mention from the Irish Fest Poetry for poem “The Edited Past,” and her play “Love, William,” was presented by the Wauwatosa Village Playhouse One Act Play Contest in 1993.
She is now working on two novels, a murder mystery and a suspense novel.