Author "cj petterson" is the pen name of Marilyn A. Johnston. She also writes under her own name as well as her maiden name of Marilyn Olsein. Marilyn loves to stretch her alter-ego writing skills and writes in multiple genres, from haiku and free verse to non-fiction and fiction to short stories and novels. She has served as a judge for Romance Writers of America's Daphne du Maurer contest and is a member of several writing groups, including Sisters-in-Crime. Marilyn once spent five-and-a-half-days white water rafting in Colorado. She also spent two days driving a doors-off, stick-shift Wrangler on a Jeep Jamboree off-road adventure in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, sometimes over boulders as big as her living room. The protagonist in her "Choosing Carter" novel enjoys some of these same adventures.