I was born in Kansas and grew up on cattle ranches in Texas and Colorado. My childhood summers were spent either on horseback herding cows or nestled in the crook of a tree reading a library book. When I was in high school, I volunteered to work with a child who had cerebral palsy, teaching lessons that were designed by the school speech/language therapist. I developed an intense interest in this very intelligent boy whose motor skills wouldn’t allow him to talk. So I pursued a degree in Speech Pathology, which I received from Colorado State University. Eventually I married a veterinarian, and we have two daughters. I worked as a speech therapist in an acute care hospital before establishing my own rehabilitation agency.
After I sold my company, I decided to study the art and craft of fiction writing. What a wondrous world this opened up for me. Whereas before, I’d been driven by the science of speech, language, and communication disorders, I could now focus on artistic creativity with language. I could also use my years of experience working with people to create characters that readers seemed to enjoy. Since I’m an avid crime fiction reader and crime documentary watcher, mystery writing seemed like the way to go.
My husband helped me develop the idea for the Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries, and the premise for the first in the series, Killing Trail, grew from a conversation he had with one of his clients. The primary characters, Deputy Mattie Cobb, Robo, and Cole Walker, DVM, came strictly from my imagination, and I hope you enjoy their adventures as much as I do.
Currently, my husband and I live with three dogs and a cat near a small town in Colorado. I balance writing with assisting him with our veterinary clinic and Angus cattle herd. My fiction has won contest awards, and you can find my short story “Hay Hook” in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers 2014 anthology, Crossing Colfax. In addition to reading, I enjoy yoga and hiking in the Colorado high country. I would love hearing from you, so please feel free to write to me. My email address is on the Contacts page.
Margaret Mizushima is the author of the Timber Creek K-9 mystery series which includes Killing Trail (Crooked Lane, 2015), nominee for an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award; Stalking Ground (Crooked Lane, 2016), finalist in the 2017 Colorado Book Awards and International Book Awards; and Hunting Hour (Crooked Lane, 2017). She has a background in speech pathology and practiced in an acute care hospital before establishing her own rehabilitation agency. Currently, she balances writing with assisting her husband with their veterinary clinic and Angus cattle herd. She enjoys reading and hiking, and she lives on a small ranch in Colorado where she and her husband raised two daughters and a multitude of animals. She can be found on Facebook/Author Margaret Mizushima, on Twitter @margmizu, and on her website at www.margaretmizushima.com.