With a degree in English and Secondary Education, MAVIS DUKE HINTON was a teacher for more than 23 years, setting aside her career for several years to realize her dream of writing and publishing a novel. She has taught all levels of English and related subjects, including AP British Literature, creative writing, speech, and journalism, as well as college grammar and composition. Over the years, other pursuits have included editor and writer (notably for the North Carolina Biennial State Budget and Liberty University), office administrator, and police officer.
In front of a French
Raised in a military family, she has lived in France and Germany, beginning her schooling in a French parochial school and becoming fluent in French in the process. While living in Europe, the family experienced medieval castles in Germany, the World's Fair in Belgium, the Tulip Festival in Holland, and a bull fight in Spain. Although born in North Carolina, she has also lived in seven other U.S. states, with Alaska her favorite of all. Its northern lights and rugged mountains, abundant wildlife and natural beauty, even the 50-degrees-below-zero cold--were enjoyable experiences not found elsewhere.
She became a Christian at age 28, and her Christian worldview influences every aspect of her life, including her writing.
As an educator, Ms. Hinton has presented workshops at Christian education conferences on creating and utilizing videos of student-composed skits and interviews with literary characters and authors--complete with period costumes and scenery. In her English classroom, students loved watching their own video productions while reinforcing their learning. Her motto: "Learning English should be fun."
Summertime in Alaska, age 14
Also a Bible teacher for many years, she taught all ages, from preschool children to adult women. A wife, mother of two, and grandmother of three, she has been married to Clark (a retired science teacher) since 1970. They have a black-and-tan doxie named Duke.
She has now published five novels in THE DACHSHUND ESCAPADES series: I AM SARGE, I AM DACHSHUND, DACHSHUNDS FOREVER, A DACHSHUND'S TRIBUTE, and A DACHSHUND'S MERRY-GO-ROUND LIFE. She also recently released a nonfiction book entitled DACHSHUNDS, LAUGHS, AND RANTS: Humor and Encouragement for Trying Times, as well as THE DACHSHUND ESCAPADES: The Complete 5 Book Set, in ebook. Where will she go next?
She taught high school English online for five years, with students from across the USA and in several foreign countries. Retiring from teaching altogether in 2013, she now devotes much of her time to writing. She enjoys church activities, traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.