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The Priscilla Trilogy-turned-Series


An ecstatic MJ poses prior to a book signing at
Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC, US.

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M. J. Simms-Maddox, Ph.D.

Political science professor-turned-

Fiction writer  

Political science professor-turned-fiction writer 
M. J. Simms-Maddox is a native of Clio, South Carolina. She grew up in the Snowbelt of western New York, earned her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, served as a legislative aide in the Ohio Senate, operated a PR firm, and—apart from her writing—has still found time to teach political science, all of which—along with her international travels—play prominently in her novels. She found her passion for writing fiction somewhat late in life and has been writing ever since. “The Priscilla Trilogy” is her debut.


The author is available for speaking, “On Becoming an Indie Author/Publisher.”


She enjoys meeting with book clubs and exhibiting at book fairs such as the South African Book Fair, The Göteborg Book Fair, The National Black Book Festival, among others.


She comes from a family of accomplished, creative artists:

  • Mother, Hazel B. (Owens) Simms published Glance Back, Look Ahead and numerous poems;

  • Brother John Simms is an acclaimed fine artist;

  • Sister In-Law,  Clintina Simms is a health coach;

  • Sister Coleen C. Nelson published a children's book, Gobble, Gobble Day in Crystal Town ;

  • Sister H. Paulette Simms is a retired gourmet chef; and

  • Sister Jina L. (Simms) McGriff is an independent webmaster and owner of Bonafide Touch llc, Therapeutic Massage

Women's National Book Association Inc..j

July 31st -

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National Black Book Festival

October 24-26, 2019

Houston, TX

Goteborg Book Fair

September 27-30, 2018

Goteborg, Sweden

The South African Book Fair. 

SABF - South African Book Fair

September 7-9, 2018

Newtown, Johannesburg