I reached out to Maxine to purchase her story, Prudence the cat, as a gift for my roommate. The story is a suspenseful revenge tale about a clever farm cat and her devious plan to kill her wicked owner. Prudence is an engaging character and I hope she returns for more adventures in future stories. Maxine recorded the story with a custom greeting within a couple days of purchase. The audio is clean, professional, and there were no problems in downloading or playing the file. Highly recommended!”
Jane Go, WA
Maxine lent a voice of international sophistication and worldly charm to my local business that’s already attracting compliments and diverse interests, just the intent I was looking for… Thank you Maxine/Lady VoiceOver!”
TRETs (Troys Real East Tours, Houston)
Both my husband (who has moderate Alzheimer’s) and I were enchanted with Maxine’s TimeSlips work. She arrived for the sessions w/ my husband with extremely interesting large photographs of people from around the world involved in their lives — pictures that made you wonder and speculate about what was going on. Then she would encourage my husband to give his ideas of what was happening in the picture and together they wove a story about each picture. Maxine gently urged him to concentrate on the picture and used only his words of what he saw there. The story that developed was entirely his, in his own words.
The results of this collaboration were actual stories that were not long, but that held together with what the picture portrayed. I was truly infatuated with these stories and they remain very moving to me, now that his disease has progressed to the point where he can no longer come up with ideas. Maxine was extremely patient, kind and loving toward my husband and I wholeheartedly recommend her work with TimeSlips to anyone who feels they know someone who can still “write a story.” I would love to see a group of people, say in a nursing home, work all together and see what kind of stories evolve!”
K.C., Seattle, WA
Maxine Lennon captured not only the voices of the characters but their unique emotions as well. Perhaps the single most impressive thing was that, unlike other narrators I have worked with, Maxine’s reading required no corrections or changes at all. Maxine is the voice of DULCET to perfection. On a scale of one to ten, Maxine easily hit a twelve.”
K M AUL – Author of Dulcet – Book Two of the Senses Novels
One of the most enjoyable experiences of the Christmas holiday was having my closest friends in my home to hear Maxine Lennon tell her incredible stories. These were not ordinary stories and there was always a special passion for those original tales that Maxine wrote and shared with us. Her stories went far beyond content. They touched deep emotions that stirred strong feelings of joy and laughter, sorrow and reflection. I always felt special because of my professional relationship with Maxine and the access I had to her storytelling. I feel privileged to call her my friend and I look forward to many more years of shared experiences through her spoken and written word.”
Jack Bell, Houston, TX, USA
Maxine Lennon, a talented writer who proved her magical writing powers with her Wee Tales series. So beautiful, poetic and moving, it left me longing for more.”
Thereza Webster, Yoga Professional, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Maxine is a masterful storyteller who has engaged countless audiences in the power of the story–in the magic that is in words. She has– with equal acumen–written and illustrated a series of “Wee Tales” which draws readers of all of all ages into an arena that is both familiar and transcendent where one can explore and contemplate the universal cycles of life, death, rebirth.
Maxine tells me that one of the stories, “The Bookbinder”, was inspired by me. How honored and humbled am I to be the muse that guided her in this beautiful little tale. Although these tales are small in their physicality, they are mammoth in their power to move, to inspire, to contemplate.”
John Woods, The Bookbinder, Houston, TX, USA
Whether performing as a guest on the radio or serving as a spotlight teller in my class, Maxine Lennon proves to be one of the few storytellers who knows how to carry listeners effortlessly and stunningly on a fanciful journey into the world of story, and then return them safely to the present. Her Irish seeds fuel her passion, but it’s her desire for capturing the senses of those fortunate enough to be in her presence that creates magic incarnate. Thanks to her signature unruffled style, words, gesture, movement, and voice dance melodiously with her every breath. There is no hyperbole here: Maxine Lennon is a complete teller. She tells stories for the same reason she eats and sleeps: Because she has to.”
Hank Roubicek, Professor of Communication at the University of Houston Downtown Producer and Host, So, What’s Your Story? KPFT 90.1 FM, Houston
I love(d) the Wee Tales so much! Every time I received one I felt as though I were receiving a small, special and utterly unique gift. The writing is beautiful – poetic yet intriguing. Honestly there was a part of me that wanted to share each one with many people I know, and another part that just wanted to keep them all to myself, as my own special secret. It was akin to receiving a small love letter in the mail that somehow each one spoke to a part of me. The Wee Tales have definitely been saved, and will be cherished and passed on to the appropriate person at the time that they need something magical.”
Tammi Lynd, Seattle, WA, USA
There are many facets to Maxine Lennon.
She can do anything she sets her mind to.
I know her personally, as a dear friend, and have worked with her professionally. I have benefited from her creative expertise, loyalty and sense of purpose.
I think Maxine’s “right-brain” and “left-brain” both function at the same level, so her creative side is as strong as her analytical side.
Many of our conversations focus on the joy–and dismay–of the absurdity of the world.
What I know: As an Irish storyteller, I have seen Maxine captivate audiences while performing hour-long, one-woman shows focusing on ancient Celtic tales. Audiences are swept away by her imagery while she is transported to another time and place. These performances leave lasting impressions on everyone in attendance.
As a creative writer, the magical lands and characters that she conjures for her ongoing “Wee Tales” series, bound by hand, and illustrated by Maxine, are treasures.
In these “Wee Tales,” we get to know Maxine. Her heart and soul go into these stories. The messages put forth, via her extraordinary and original cast of characters, are universal. Whether going to a “light” or “dark” place, these “Wee Tales,” with topics that cover the life experiences we all face, are filled with Maxine’s sense of humor and wry style of writing. They offer up enchanting and poignant moments, leaving the reader with much to ponder.
On the technical side, as an Internet radio program co-producer, Maxine’s audio editing skills are outstanding. She instinctively knows when music should come up, and how to seamlessly edit out “ums” and other distractions from an interview. She has an “ear” for audio recording and editing that is spot on.
Maxine Lennon is a highly motivated collaborator and one of the most creative people I know.”
Kim Lykins, Texas Foundation for the Arts, Houston Arts Radio, Houston, TX, USA
The Wee Tales are wonderfully written. They capture a deep magic and innocence with simple elegance. They touched me …not an easy thing for an old cynic…for a moment they pierce the armor and callouses that build with age ….I shed a tear each time I read Cissy & Cecilia…such a sweet innocent tale. The Tales live in a cigar box as treasures and are brought out on occasion when a break is needed from the density of modern day. For me the Wee Tales capture a time past that still walks beside us and needs coloring from time to time…..I’m looking forward to more Tales…”
Chuck Iffland, Artist, Seattle, WA, USA
Maxine, your tour was a lifetime highlight for me! The places you took us in Northern Ireland–Carrick-a-Rede, the Giant’s Causeway, the castle ruins, the dark hedges in Ballymoney… they were breath-taking. And then there were the churches, the villages with their pubs and restaurants, Bushmills, Belfast and the murals. But the atmosphere you created at our ‘home away from home’ was something else. We were catered to, cooked for and otherwise spoiled rotten. It was an unforgettable experience. And I want to do it again! “
Dinah Massie, Houston, TX, USA
Maxine Lennon is a brilliant ‘storyteller’ in three different ways: letting words ‘fall out of her mouth’ in her beautiful Northern Irish lilt, at a live storytelling gig, relaying ancient Celtic tales of folklore or verbalizing her own excellent yarns; grabbing the attention of the listener when narrating audiobooks written by other authors but she’s also a very gifted storyteller in her own unique, written prose, as well. Maxine has written many stories for both adults and children alike but some that resonate with me are the mini tales she wrote specifically for the annual Children’s Holiday Magic Project. http://holidaymagiccd.com These delightfully, thought-provoking Christmastime tales were cleverly crafted to entertain and enthrall but also to deliver a message of love, sharing and giving (some things we can all benefit from being reminded of once in a while). Maxine’s storytelling, no matter what format it’s experienced in, is undoubtedly a captivating experience that begs the listener or reader to return for more.”
Pearl Hewitt, British Female Voice Actor/Narrator
I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to Maxine tell her riveting tales. The stunning imagery, engaging characters, and mystical places she describes make her stories come to life. Maxine’s ability to recall and animate the myriad actors and sequences of events amazes me. She connects with the audience. She enchants.”
Matt Brown, Houston, TX, USA
The three shows conceived and produced by Maxine Lennon brought a higher standard of program quality to Sight into Sound. All of the programming, which she did herself, including editing, was done in an organized and professional manner, from start to finish. The programming was thoughtful, innovative and insightful. The Veteran’s Day show was unique in that it provided different perspectives on World War II, for instance; she interviewed a Japanese American soldier who fought on the side of the United States and captured his story in a thought-provoking manner. We had great feedback from our listeners who really enjoyed the programming done for their benefit. “
Carol Pierce, Sight into Sound, Houston, TX, USA
Bigger, better, blockbuster… For those who tire of the relentless pressure for stories to be ever larger and noisier, Maxine Lennon’s Wee Tales weave a small but powerful enchantment. Each numbered edition feels handmade and intimate, as if Maxine had taken you by the hand and whispered a story in your ear. Her illustrations have a deceptively simple charm, and each story will find a place to nestle in your heart.”
K.C. Brown – Writer, Seattle, WA, USA
The true magic of any written work lays in the wordsmith’s gift of generating imagery that touches the heart and entices the mind. Only a gifted storyteller such as Maxine Lennon can accomplish such an amazing feat. As you read her creations, your mind will pick up the unique melody of the songs her stories sing. After reading a few sentences the lyrical language of her forbearers will enter your soul allowing you to visualize what had been hidden from your soul. I am delighted to recommend the Wee Tales.”
Kim Roff Opheim, Playwright, Author, Seattle, WA, USA