MJ has always enjoyed writing, and publishing a novel has been a lifelong dream for her. She has always been an avid reader and has always written things: poetry, songs, puppet scripts, clown scripts, Sunday school materials, Christmas plays, etc. As a church youth teacher and youth director for years, she wrote skits for young people to perform, and she and her sisters sang and did puppet shows with puppets they created themselves. Modified is the first novel she published.
MJ graduated from college with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education with an English major and taught junior high and high school for 21 years. She also earned a Bachelors and a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from the International College of Bible Theology. She taught classes at a local division of the college.
Growing up in a large family with four older sisters and seven brothers, three older, three younger, and one the same age, has provided MJ with lots of material for her stories. She and her brothers spent many hours playing on the hills and on the red sandbank depicted in Modified, and she learned to swim in a creek that ran across the family’s property.
She and her husband Ruben enjoy spending time with their two daughters and their families. Two of her granddaughters share with MJ the love of books and of reading.
MJ and Ruben enjoy country living. They like to garden, play with their dog Roxy, feed the wildlife that comes into their back yard, and run-around. They volunteer at local food banks and enjoy being involved in their church and with their church family.