More About the Author
**READERS: I AM SARGE, Book 1 of THE DACHSHUND ESCAPADES, is the revised/updated version of I AM SHADOW . . . ONE DOG'S STORY, Book 1 of THE SHADOW ADVENTURES**
A word from Shadow, the doxie "author":
Hello doxie lovers!
This is Shadow the dachshund, a.k.a. Sarge. I have been invited here to share my exciting news with everyone!
At this point in my career, and with a little more experience in the scheme of things, I have decided to take on a pen name. Oh, I'll always be Shadow, because I'm a real dog, not just a figment of anyone's imagination! My family will always call me Shadow, since that is my AKC registered name--and I happen to like it.
However, I've noticed that many authors use pen names for various reasons, and after thinking it over, I've decided to do that as well: my new pen name is SARGE. For instance, did you know that the British author George Eliot (1819 - 1880) who wrote SILAS MARNER used a pen name instead of her real name, Mary Ann Evans? Women just did not get the chance to publish much back then, so she used a man's name when sending her work to publishers. Smart, huh? And, we all know the famous late actor, John Wayne (one of my favorites, by the way). Well, that was his stage name, but he was born Marion Robert Morrison! And the list goes on.
But I digress. People have all sorts of reasons for adopting pen names or stage names--and MY reason is this: my favorite person in the entire world has always been Papa Duke, a real person in my family and a main character in my books. I wanted a way to honor him even more, and the name SARGE, which is short for SERGEANT (the rank which Papa Duke had while serving in the U.S. Army for over 22 years) just seemed like a brilliant way for me to do that. So, you'll know me as Sarge in my books, but I'll always be Shadow in person.
My book series is called THE DACHSHUND ESCAPADES. After all, I'm trying to reach dog lovers, especially doxie lovers, to let them know that my books are written by a dachshund!
I am thrilled to utilize my pen name in honor of Papa.
Your doxie with moxie,
Shadow, a.k.a. "Sarge"
With a degree in English and Secondary Education, MAVIS DUKE HINTON has published two novels of THE DACHSHUND ESCAPADES series, I AM SARGE (Book 1) and I AM DACHSHUND (Book 2). DACHSHUNDS FOREVER (Book 3) and A DACHSHUND'S TRIBUTE (Book 4), are with the publisher awaiting publication. Stay tuned for details regarding their releases.
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 43 years to her husband Clark, a recently-retired science teacher, 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 choices 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.
After five and one half years, she recently retired from teaching high school English online in December 2013. Interacting with students from across the USA and in several foreign countries was one of the many positives of that position.
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