Jacqui Lipton (LL.B., M.F.A., Ph.D.) writes fiction under the pen-name K.C. Maguire and legal texts under her own name. She has a particular passion for young adult and children's books, as well as romance and sci-fi. She is a member of RWA, AWP and SCBWI. She loves to blog about books, writing, and to interview new authors when she can get them to agree (which they happily do most of the time). She's also a member of the Houston-based Space City Scribes author collective. In July of 2014, she joined the blogging team at Luna Station Quarterly, contributing interviews with speculative fictions authors.
She is a frequent presenter on legal issues for authors and artists at writing conferences and organizations around the country (including for SCBWI, Vermont College of Fine Arts, and the Stegner Fellows Program at Stanford University.) She has also taught fiction writing and law for authors for Savvy Authors, the Fig Writer's Studio, and the William N. Skirball Writer's Center. She provides consulting services, editing services (for fiction, nonfiction and academic work), and classes to authors and artists as well.
Her flash fiction has appeared in a number of online publications and she has placed in various flash fiction and short story contests over the years. Her YA debut novel, Inside the Palisade , was published by Lodestone Books in the U.K. in 2015 and won the Purple Dragonfly Award for sci-fi and fantasy in 2015 as well as placing in the Houston Writer's Guild Fiction Writing contest the previous year.
She has written over half a dozen legal texts and many legal articles about law in the digital age with an emphasis on the law of the publishing industry.
She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, an LL.B. from the University of Melbourne and a Ph.D. in law and digital technology from Cambridge University. She has lived in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, but home is wherever the family is.