For as long as she can remember, Margaret Clark wanted to be a writer. The pursuit of her dreams has taken her far from her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana, to London, Rome, and Indonesia, to name a few. Before she was a traveler, Margaret was a nursing student at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Albany. Her passion for science and medicine inspired her not only to complete her nursing degree, but to go on to earn a Master of Science (MS) degree in International Health, specializing in Education and Research, from Touro University in New York. She is a registered nurse, a registered respiratory therapist, and a neonatal pediatric specialist. However, her passion for the liberal arts and for traveling remained strong, and she went back to school to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree at Thomas Edison State College. Since then, she has done graduate work in Irish History at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
Finding a way to combine her background in science and medicine with her love of writing, Margaret became a weekly feature writer for Advance News Magazines beginning in 1990. She continued as a regular contributor to several of their magazines until the news agency reorganized in 2010. At the same time, she wrote for multiple medical news agencies such as Reuters Health and WebMD. Her career in the medical communications field took her from Boston University’s Medical Center to the Georgia Medical Care Foundation in Atlanta. From 2004 to 2009, she was the Editorial Director of four divisions at Medscape/WebMD, and she was also an editor for the peer-reviewed journal MedGenMed. Over the course of her career, she has worked with a variety of topics, including pulmonary medicine, respiratory care, kidney and cardiovascular disease, allergy and immunology, and critical care and emergency medicine. Her diverse background and almost two decades of experience inspired her in 2009 to form her own company, Clark Medical Writing, which is a certified Women-Owned Small Business per the Small Business Administration.
Margaret has authored several peer-reviewed articles, monographs, and books, including a textbook called Asthma: A Clinicians’ Guide, which has been translated into multiple languages for use worldwide. She often lectures in Europe and Central America, and in 2014 did a lecture series in Indonesia and Singapore, where one of her books that has been translated into Indonesian is used as the standard of care for asthma management. Aside from her medical writing career, Margaret has also had a successful career writing for television. For five years in the late 1990s, she was contracted by WYES-TV Channel 12 in New Orleans to write and produce several shows, including the series By Louisiana Hands. In 2002, she wrote a stage play, The First of Her Kind, about Frances Parkinson Keyes. Something of a Shakespeare enthusiast, she has written numerous peer-reviewed academic publications on William Shakespeare for Post Scripts and the Shakespeare Bulletin, which are often quoted and referenced in other publications. Due to her knowledge, passion, and literary success, she is a frequent guest lecture on the subject. From 1997 to 2000, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane University and served part of her time as director of the Swan Series for the same festival.
Inspiration appears to writers in many forms. For Margaret, it has appeared as the desire to help people through science and medicine, both at home and abroad; as a passion for British theater and Irish history; and as a keen eagerness to travel and see the world. Her thriving career has taken her on many adventures and no doubt has many more in store.