MJ shared her home with a Queensland Heeler mix, Buddy. Sadly, he passed away peacefully at home on Monday, January 30, 2017. His brother, Sammy, a Black Lab mix continued solving crimes in his partner’s honor up until he passed away on November 7, 2017. She derived great inspiration from her two canine companions. While writing her novel Mind Games, she would ask them, “Are you ready to work the case?” and affectionately started calling them Detective Bud and Canine Sam. She imagined Detective Bud being a serious minded, old gum-shoe type of investigator while Canine Sam used his sense of sniff to hunt down clues. Ironically, Mind Games is the only novel she’s written that doesn’t feature a dog. They will be missed but loved forever in her heart.
Her novel Haunting Lyric introduces you to King, an Eskimo dog, bred for the harshest weather but living in the desert in the fictitious town of Chillicothe, AZ. King is fiercely protective of his owner Lyric. He puts his own life on the line to keep her safe from the Serpentariuns, a cult with dangerous practices.
The novels in the Last Cold Case series introduces you to Jupiter, a Doberman, featured in all four books of the Last Cold Case series. Homicide detective, Rachel Hood and FBI agent, Nick Draven, solve crimes and catch criminals with Jupiter on the scene. Jupiter has a special connection to Hood and will do whatever it takes to keep her out of harm’s way.
A German shepherd mix, Samson recently joined the force. Sergeant Samson is anxiously awaiting the next case. He speaks English and German and immediately responds to the command, “Go get ‘em.”
Sergeant Samson’s new partner is Wally, a German Shepherd Lab mix. Wally is training for fictional search and rescue missions. He can search for people dead or alive with his keen sense of smell.
MJ is fascinated with a dog’s loyalty to their owner and protective nature of other family members. She’s intrigued with her dogs’ keen sense of mood and how they can detect if she’s happy, sad, or angry. Her dogs greet her at the door, but she’s not sure if they’re there in greeting or barking for treats.