Meet MJ Clements

If you’ve read the playful children’s book, And Dream She Would, you have met author MJ Clements in some small way. As her character Amazee enthusiastically follows her dreams, it reflects the adventuresome spirit of MJ. “When my two children were young, I traveled to Wisconsin, spending time at Clown Camp on the LaCrosse Campus of Viterbo University. It was one of my greatest privileges to be under the leadership of London’s well known mime artist, Nola Rae.” As an avid gymnast, MJ has also been an instructor for most of her adult life. Gymnastics gave her independence, and she began developing her own programs. “ I loved working with little ones…their imagination is incredible. I especially love seeing their accomplishments.”      

A travel enthusiast, MJ has had ‘the “travel bug”’ since her first trip to Texas with her mom. She and her husband, Todd, trekked all over New England and parts of the south. She caught her first glimpse of buffalo and desert life on a trip to the Badlands, got “up close and personal” with a reef shark, explored the Bahamas, Mexico, and the island of Cozumel. “We snorkeled just about every day and saw ruins—and so many iguanas! I loved venturing into the ‘cenotes’ (underwater caves)—we even ate at a restaurant inside one of the caves.” Her adventures don’t end there; she has also swung from a trapeze, parasailed, zip lined over the jungle canopy 6,000 feet above sea level, and seen (or heard) countless exotic wildlife. She continues to pursue her passions by writing stories for children of incredible adventures. 

When MJ is not exploring the world around her, her world revolves around her family. “My grandchildren are the light of my life; they are an integral part of my inspiration to write. I love watching them grow and develop their imagination; I get excited as I see their imaginations ignite and to hear about their own dreams. It brings me joy to think about what their imprint in this world will be and to watch their adventures unfold.”

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