MJ Shaffer has a Master’s from North Carolina State University and a BA from Duke University in North Carolina. She currently teaches High School English after shifting from a career as a cellular switch technician. An avid equestrian in her youth, she now runs a small Kiko goat herd guarded by two Livestock Guardian Dogs and Citrine, one very tough little orange farm cat. At home, she caters to her daughter’s cat, Spotts, and three feral turned house kittens presented to her by Frank, the stray who came to stay. Over the years she has been lucky enough to have parrots, koi, and other small animals in her life. In her free time, MJ enjoys researching all things animal and literary.