RJ Morgan Smith was born and raised (mostly!) in Amarillo, Texas. Her father was self-employed and her mother a school-teacher, so summers were often free for traveling. Accompanied by her parents and older brother and sister, RJ was privileged to explore most of western America, along with some of Mexico and Canada.
After graduating from Tascosa High School, RJ attended Auburn University in Alabama, before marrying her Marine and beginning a new adventure that would go on for more than 22 years. The travel-and-adventure gene that she was blessed with in her childhood served to encourage her exploration of different cultures across this nation and around the world.
Below: Mont St. Michel, France
In 2011, RJ Morgan Smith and her family settled in College Station, Texas where she resumed her academic career at Texas A&M University, graduating in 2013 with a 4.0 g.p.a. Her degree in History (with a minor in English) reflects her interest in people and their literary creations.
It was during her time at Texas A&M that RJ Morgan Smith was blessed with two unexpected opportunities. The first was an internship at Cushing Memorial Library, on the Texas A&M main campus at College Station. Here, she worked behind the scenes cataloguing and preserving rare books and manuscripts, as well as helping set up special exhibits.
The second opportunity was to intern at The National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. In the Collection, RJ sorted and catalogued material artifacts, digitized historical documents for online access and aided in the preservation of The Schools collection.
This opportunity to work in Ireland also provided the opportunity to play in Ireland! RJ took every opportunity to explore the island and meet its people, often taking other Americans along. Having studied Irish history in depth, these excursions brought education to life and turned it into adventure!
Below: The Rock Of Cashel, Ireland
College Station is still home plate for the Smith family. RJ has finished her first full-length novel (Miracal Place) and is working on its sequel (Another Year at Miracal Place) and two other novels.