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RJ The Story Guy has lived in the Middle Rio Grande Valley most of his life. Recognized with awards for teaching, RJ taught high school English, speech, and drama. Now retired, he pursues writing, music, touring in his sports car, and volunteering. Writing as RJ Mirabal, his first novels were a fantasy trilogy set in New Mexico for mature readers called The Rio Grande Parallax. The books of the trilogy were all finalists in the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards in 2013, 2015, and 2016.
As RJ The Story Guy, he has created two books about the Adventures of the Brown Dog (Trixie, his actual rescue dog) series of true and fantasy dog stories for all ages (finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards): Trixie Finds Her People and Trixie: Round Brown Ball of Dog.
Recently, he began a new Young Adult/Teen Reader series titled Dragon Train Quest: Dragon Train, Book 1 and Dragon Train Rebellion, Book 2.
RJ is a member of Southwest Writers and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, NM Chapter. All his RJ The Story Guy books have been winners in the New Mexico Press Women Book Awards and the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards contests since 2019. The first Trixie book was also a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards (an international contest).
Additional information can be requested by filling out the Contact form on this website and detailing the information, photos, etc. needed. RJ is happy to be interviewed for print, audio, and video media.