Maxene is a native New Yorker who has lived and traveled across Europe and Canada before settling down in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Over her forty-year career, she has been an English teacher, a Human Resource Manager and a consultant helping Fortune 500 organizations handle the impact of downsizing on its employees and improving their leadership and sales performance.
Throughout her career, she has brought her strong communication skills and creativity to her role, exciting students old and young to crave learning and enjoy their experiences with her as a dynamic facilitator. Whether in print or in person, she has received excellent feedback. See what others are saying about her.
In 2015, Maxene decided to gather together her journals and notes and begin the process of telling the tale of her journey as an unwed mother in the ’60’s during a time when discussion about this was strictly taboo. In September 2015, she won the first Atlanta Journal-Constitution short story contest for their Personal Journeys column. The editor of the section noted, “There were several strong front runners, but our judges, Deputy Managing Editor Tracy Brown and Senior Editor Ken Foskett, were in agreement that Raices’ unusual story about the legacy of secrecy was the standout.” Check out the winning story, The Secret Wedding Party.
In March 2018, she completed her memoir, The Land of Sunshine and Hell, A Memoir of a ‘60’s Unwed Mother. Read the synopsis for a preview. Get your own soft cover, hard cover, or e-version on Amazon.com or through Barnes & Noble.
Maxene is now exploring the craft of short story as her full-time focus. She lives with her husband Lee and is surrounded by her blended family of her son and Lee’s two children, as well as her long-lost daughter who lives in New York with her family.