M.J. grew up in Gresham, Oregon. She’s a graduate of Wellesley College and has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Program. She’s taught creative writing to all ages from Lakeside Middle School to Bellevue College, and volunteers at the Hugo House. Her previous novels are Primavera, Dark River, and The Rise and Fall of the Gallivanters. Dark River is an Edgar Award Honoree. Primavera and Dark River are Indie Next Selections. Useless Bay is the winner of the Washington State Book Award for 2017.
She loves spending time with her husband, two teenage children, and three large drooly dogs.
Her husband and children don’t drool.