I am a graduate of Oregon State University. Upon graduation, I spent five years teaching at the middle school and high school levels. My writing, at that time, was limited to curriculum. That was not particularly fun.
While raising my children, I coached their Odyssey of the Mind and Destination Imagination teams for seventeen years. I helped them write their own stories for the competitions. During this time, I also wrote two parent handbooks for the Salem, Oregon School district on sex education.
About twelve years ago, I was able to combine my passion for horses with my love of writing. I researched and wrote three equestrian trail guide books for the Denver area. By “research” I mean that I spent every Friday riding my horse on a new trail, be it on the plains or in the mountains. It was a tough job but someone had to do it! The result of that work was the publication of Riding Colorado-Day Trips from Denver with Your Horse, and Riding Colorado II. My newest of this series is Riding Colorado-Day AND Overnight Trips with Your Horse. All of these books continue to sell very well in the Denver to Colorado Springs area and have made my horse famous.
Eight years ago, I began writing a trilogy that combines my love of horses, writing and fantasy. Behind the Mist was released by Langdon Street Press in January of 2011 and the second book of the trilogy, Mists of Darkness was released in 2013. The final book of the trilogy, The Rising Mist, was released in 2014. This Trilogy was awarded the Gold Medal from the Mom’s Choice Awards in December, 2014.
I have also written another award-winning fantasy titled North Mystic. This allegory of the Revolutionary War won first place in the Purple Dragonfly Awards for fantasy in 2014.
In 2016, I released, In the Heart of a Mustang. This story is not a fantasy but it is all about horses. This coming of age young adult novel has won the 2016 Gold Medal from the Literary Classics Awards in Young Adult General Fiction and the Silver Medal in the Nautilus Awards.
Books by M.J. Evans