N.J. Mahayni


A secondary teacher of the arts for forty years, N.J. Mahayni lived a decade in the old city of Damascus, Syria. Since retiring from teaching, she has dedicated her time to writing stories of her life in her home state of Oregon and her travels across the Middle East.

Smashwords Interview

Who are Your Favorite Authors?
Tony Hillerman, Dorthy Gilman, Georgette Heyer, Mary Stewart, and Shakespeare.
What do you read for pleasure?
The above contemporary authors all wrote series novels. Of these, two are mainly mystery writers. I have read and re-read all of these. The most pleasurable are Heyer and Gilman--Heyer for dialogue, and Gilman for the action.
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Where to buy in print


Ask the Cat
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,720. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2016 by Evening Creek Press. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
When 11-year-old Nick is sent to live with his aunt in Damascus, Syria, he finds himself in a strange country with relatives he barely knows and no friends. He is consoled by the large, white cat Ajax, who talks and needs Nick's help to solve a centuries-old mystery. Trying to keep a powerful magic out of the wrong hands takes them on a surprising, time-traveling journey through the Middle East.

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