Mavis Duke Hinton, Author

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

With a degree in English and Secondary Education, MAVIS DUKE HINTON taught for 23 years in her career, setting aside her full-time profession to realize her dream of writing and publishing a novel. She 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 State Budget and Liberty University), office administrator, and police officer.

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. On camping trips across Europe, they enjoyed sharing meals with friendly Europeans along the way.


 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 all areas of her life, including her writing.

As an educator, Mrs. 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."

A Bible teacher for many years, teaching preschool children to adult women, she has also spoken to Christian women's groups as well. A wife, mother of two married daughters and three grandchildren, she has been married to Clark (a retired science teacher) since 1970. 

With seven books published, her only nonfiction book is entitled DACHSHUNDS, LAUGHS, AND RANTS: Humor and Encouragement for Trying Times, and is available in e-book as well as paperback. This little book is composed of short pieces on a variety of topics--something for everyone. In keeping with her passion for doxies, there's a section about this beloved breed in the book, highlighting the dachshunds she has loved over the years.

She taught English online for the final five years of her career, with students from across the USA and several foreign countries. Her courses consisted of literature and poetry, essays and compositions, research reports, and varied skills: critical thinking, grammar, reading comprehension, poetic elements, as well as study and vocabulary skills.  She retired from teaching altogether in 2013.  

The Hintons now live in the Atlanta area to be closer to their grandchildren, and Mrs. Hinton devotes much of her time to writing and marketing her books. Other pursuits she enjoys include church activities, reading, traveling, cooking, stimulating conversation, and spending time with family (which includes her doxie Duke) and friends. She delights in being a grandmother.

Author as a police officer, age 24

My doxie Duke: 
top left: "What are you eating?" 
top right: "Gimme a treat!"
above: the day we brought him home at eight weeks of age!