M. M. Justus

Biography

"A GRAND yarn you can't put down." Janet Chapple, author of Yellowstone Treasures, on Repeating History.

"The details paint a word picture so vivid that readers can see the story play out in their minds."
Steve Dunkelberger, Tacoma Weekly, on True Gold.

I am fascinated by the possibilities of what if. The memories of place that some people call ghosts, the möbius effect of time travel. You won't find vampires or werewolves in my books, I'm afraid. Or horror. I am more interested in the potential effects of the fantastic on normal folks, and in inserting it into well-researched historical events, populated mostly by people who really lived.

I'm also an avid student of the road, and Cross-Country will not be my last travel adventure book.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have stories to tell that I want other people to have the chance to read, and I was exasperated by rejection letters that read, "I really like this, but I don't think it's commercially viable."

It felt like a door was slamming closed against me over and over, getting between me and potential readers. The only way used to be through that door, and I didn't have enough control over who held the key. Now I have my own key and my own door, and I can open and close it any time I want to.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Characters. I'm interested in people, and why they do what they do, and what happens when they're thrust into difficult situations. One of my favorite authors (Lois McMaster Bujold) says that her favorite plotting question is, "What is the worst thing I can do to this person?" Of course, then you have to figure out why it's the worst thing for that particular person. And then you have to do it.

I also enjoy researching time and place and making both as real as possible, given the sometimes fantastical elements of my stories. I like taking my characters to places and times I would like to visit myself.
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Where to find M. M. Justus online


Where to buy in print


Books

Reunion
Series: Tales of the Unearthly Northwest. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,020. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Lost in Time. In 1910 unemployed teacher Claudia has nowhere to go. She decides to bet her life on the rumor of a job in a remote town called Conconully. But when she arrives and is hired, what at first seem like small eccentricities loom ever more inexplicably, mysteries that make no sense. That is, until she meets Conconully’s accidental magician, who wants her to save them. But from what?
New Year's Eve in Conconully
Series: Tales of the Unearthly Northwest. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,010. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
No good deed goes unpunished. In a place outside of time, the magic keeping a ghost town alive is beginning to alter. Bringing in two newcomers has caused a welcome renewal of the town's life. But every action has a reaction, and the consequences are far beyond what Conconully's accidental magician ever expected.
Sojourn
Series: Tales of the Unearthly Northwest. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,020. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Gothic
(4.00)
Time is not what it appears to be State trooper Daniel Reilly never thought he’d wind up in his stepmother’s favorite movie. Chasing a drunk driver through Washington’s desolate Okanogan Highlands is part of his job, but crashing his cruiser and waking up in a ghost town definitely isn’t. And when that ghost town starts to come to life? His version of Brigadoon is not a carefree music
Much Ado in Montana
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,270. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00)
Tara has lived in remote Campbell, Montana, all of her life. She won't leave on a bet. Tim only came home to talk his ailing father into closing the clinic he can no longer manage. He won't stay on a bet. But neither of them anticipated their explosive reunion. Then Tim's father almost ruins their friends' lives, and when Tim bets Tara he can set things straight, he means with her, forever.
Cross-Country: Adventures Alone Across America and Back
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 102,940. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
(4.50)
After many summers in the back seat, four months before 1/1/2000, M.M. Justus followed several literary heroes and drove alone across America for 3 months. She went from the Little Town on the Prairie to Scotty's Castle, and from the Twin Towers to an 'alien' landing site in Wyoming. After over 14,000 miles and one life-changing event, she arrived back home, only to discover home changed, too.
Homesick: A Time in Yellowstone Story
Series: Time in Yellowstone, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,410. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(5.00)
1945. Ranger Will McManis patrols an empty Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone, V-J day and his mother's death on his mind. His grandson, five-year-old Chuck, will leave soon, too, off to faraway Denver, a brand-new life, leaving a huge hole. Will thinks he knows all kinds of change. But out among the geysers with Chuck, something happens to dwarf it all, and nothing will ever be the same again.
Finding Home
Series: Time in Yellowstone, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,380. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
(4.00)
James McManis knows about being left behind. After his wife died, he clung to his son as hard as he could. But the harder he holds on, the more Chuck fights. Until one day the boy slips away and vanishes utterly. When James discovers what really happened it turns his whole world upside down. He needs to find out. But what if the knowledge he gains proves everything he thought real a lie?
True Gold
Series: Time in Yellowstone, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,750. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Canada
(4.67)
Stowaway. When Karin Myre, a Norwegian seamstress's assistant, catches the excitement of the Klondike Gold Rush, she decides to head north, but how? Impulsively, she sneaks on board one of the ships in Seattle's harbor only to find herself trapped in the hold. But her rescue from the captain and a fate worse than death by a determined young prospector begins her honest search for true gold.
Repeating History
Series: Time in Yellowstone, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 117,120. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel
(4.50)
What would you do if a geyser catapulted you back in time, into the middle of an Indian war? 20-year-old college dropout Chuck McManis gets to find out. The hard way. By the time he escapes to civilization, 1870s-style, he discovers his new life has changed him forever. But he has to risk everything to earn the chance to stay, or lose everything he has become and everyone he loves.

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Smashwords book reviews by M. M. Justus

  • All That Glitters on July 26, 2013
    (no rating)
    Two main reasons I liked this book: first, the people were fascinating, and second, so was their home. Unlike most folks who've reviewed this book before me, I hadn't read the earlier books set in this universe, although I intend to now. I did find the whole alchemy thing slightly confusing at the beginning, but Ms. McCoy does a good job cluing the reader in, so the confusion was extremely brief. I liked the whole concept of alchemy as a world-defining element, and the effects its existence had on that world. But the best part of the book was how interesting the characters were. Jani and Iontho tell alternating chapters, and there's so much each of them doesn't know about the other that their stories dovetail nicely. I was slightly disappointed in the ending, but it won't stop me from reading more.