More About the Author
With a degree in English and Secondary Education, MAVIS DUKE HINTON has published four novels of THE DACHSHUND ESCAPADES series: I AM SARGE (Book 1), I AM DACHSHUND (Book 2), DACHSHUNDS FOREVER (Book 3), and A DACHSHUND'S TRIBUTE (Book 4).
She taught all levels of English and related subjects in her 23-year career, including AP British Literature and college grammar and composition. Over the years, other pursuits have included editor and writer (notably for the North Carolina Biennial State Budget), office administrator, and police officer.
Married for 44 years to her husband Clark, a retired science teacher who now substitute teaches regularly, they have two married daughters and three grandchildren. Sarge in her books is based upon their "granddawg," Shadow. Their own doxie, Duke, is introduced in I AM DACHSHUND. Although her books are fiction, Sarge's tales are based on real-life family and friends. With a special affinity for dogs--dachshunds in particular--a running joke in the family has been Ms. Hinton's "interpreting" for others what dogs are thinking (tongue in cheek, of course), following in her late father's humorous legacy for doing so. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, writing, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and laughing.
Raised in a military family, she lived in France and Germany in her childhood, beginning her schooling in a French parochial school and becoming fluent in French in the process. On trips across Europe, they enjoyed medieval castles in Germany, the World's Fair in Belgium, the Tulip Festival in Holland, and a bull fight in Spain.
She has also traveled across the USA and Canada, calling several states home: Ohio, Florida, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, and North Carolina (where she was born)--with Alaska being her favorite of all. Experiencing subzero weather, northern lights, and snow-capped mountains, she loves cold weather and snow, incorporating these experiences and character-rich details into her writing.
She became a Christian at age 28, and her Christian worldview influences all aspects of her life, including her decisions and writing.
She presented workshops at education conferences on creating and utilizing videos of student-composed skits and interviews with literary characters and authors (such as Macbeth and Beowulf, or Shakespeare and Mark Twain, for example)--complete with period costumes and scenery. Students loved watching their own video productions while reinforcing their learning. Her motto: "Learning English should be fun."
Ms. Hinton has also taught Bible studies ranging from first grade children to adult women, and has also spoken to Christian women's groups.
Her final five and one half years of teaching involved teaching high school English online, interacting with students from across the USA and in several foreign countries. She retired from teaching altogether in December 2013.
She now devotes more time to writing, with the remainder of her time involved in church activities, traveling, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.