Maria V. Eyles, aka Maria C. Vidale, is the author of The Virtual Pen, a blog devoted to the passion of the moment, whether environmental issues such as plastic pollution on beaches and in oceans, service dogs, or spiritual musings. She has over 30 years’ extensive experience as an editor and copyeditor as the owner of The Polished Page. Maria currently co-writes and edits a newsletter for the SLO chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. For many years as an instructor at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA, she taught college essay writing. She received a degree in French Literature and History at La Sorbonne in Paris, France, and completed her education at Stanford University with a Master of Arts in French and Linguistics. An award winning poet, Maria is currently completing her first novel, which is set in Paris in 1972 and written in memoir style.
Maria was selected as a judge for the Golden Quill Awards in this year’s Central Coast Writers Conference 2015 in San Luis Obispo, California.