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MD MorrisM. D. Morris

Margaret Morris was born a twin in Danville, Virginia, but moved to Aberdeen, NC at an early age, where she and her twin brother grew up among the long-needle pines. As an avid horse lover, she spent hours on horseback exploring the surrounding forests, during which time, the story of Ajlek blossomed in her head.

Her family moved to Wilson, NC during her high school years, where she met Doug, the man she would marry. After graduating from East Carolina University with a degree in music, she moved with her husband, a NASA Engineer, to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia to teach music in the public schools. Currently, they live in Yorktown, VA.

Together, she and her husband raised two children and several dogs. They toured with their children on bicycles around Virginia and North Carolina, completing the 659-mile Virginia Loop in sixteen days with their children, ages 9 and 10 at the time. They continue biking today. They were also instrumental in starting a local Montessori school in the 70s.

After leaving the classroom as a music teacher, Margaret worked as the school division's webmaster before retiring in 2006. Throughout her life, she has enjoyed writing and has found a variety of venues in which she can practice her skills. She has produced school newsletters, written poetry, and maintained a number of Websites. She is currently the editor of her community newsletter as well as the author of the program guide for an annual art show in Yorktown. She has completed three books: Ajlek: the Ajnastazzi of Weyland, Kahyani, and her latest book, Mjoika. In addition to writing, Margaret still enjoys music, the piano, and is now an avid photographer. She is also a portrait artist and has received recognition for her work.