Hi, I’m MJ. I write novels. Let’s get started on yours.

Join me on a journey of literary discovery. From novels to indie success, let’s craft your writing journey together.

I’m an award-winning author.

Having authored novels recognized in international contests, she now imparts her wisdom in A Handbook for Emerging and Seasoned Authors, an insider’s step-by-step guide to indie publishing success.

Discover the literary journey of M. J. Simms-Maddox, an independent author whose passion for storytelling led to the captivating “Priscilla series.” With a unique voice and empowering narratives, her mystery and thriller series feature a modern-day self-assured Black woman protagonist.

The Handbook

The indie author’s guide to success for those aiming to enhance their creative writing skillset and learn publishing essentials


The Priscilla Series

Chronicling the coming-of-age and intriguing adventures of a modern-day self-empowered Black American young woman protagonist


Looking to write a novel and get it published?

I have written a step-by-step approach to becoming a successful indie book author. This handbook contains my decades of experience on how to write creatively and publish your work.

What’re you waiting for? Let’s get started on your journey.

Unleash Your Pen

Elevate your authorial skills with our transformative handbook, unlocking your path to publishing success.

Her Words Empower

Experience belonging and strength as a female author with tailored guidance in every chapter.

Craft Masters Inspire

Learn from renowned authors like Zora Neale Hurston, refining your craft with vivid techniques.

Publish with Confidence

Master the intricacies of publishing essentials, from copyrights to digital formats, step by step.

Do you read novels about mystery and intrigue? Check out the Priscilla series.

Inspirational. Informative. Entertaining. Follow the captivating saga of a Black American young woman who gets caught up in a life-altering political scandal, abducted from her cozy life in the American Midwest to southern Africa—early post-apartheid Zimbabwe and South Africa—works on a presidential campaign, becomes a secret agent, and more, much more.

“Timely. The author takes us by the hand and leads us into a world about the election of America’s first black president, whose background competes with the likes of the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts… Remember, after all, this is a novel, and you may have to keep telling yourself that because it seems so real.”


Actor / Theatrical Director / Professor