MJ shared her home with a Queensland Heeler mix, Buddy. Sadly, he passed away peacefully at home on Monday, January 30, 2017. He will be missed but loved forever in her heart. His brother, Sammy, a Black Lab mix continues solving crimes in his partner’s honor. She derives great inspiration from her 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 the serious minded, old gum-shoe type of investigator while Canine Sam uses his sense of sniff to hunt down clues. Ironically, Mind Games is the only novel she’s written that doesn’t feature a dog.
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.
Her novel Last Summer’s Evil 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 anxiouslyawaiting the next case with Detective Bud and Canine Sam. He speaks English and German and immediately responds to the command, “Go get ‘em.”
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 their Trader Joes cookies.