M. J. Mandoki was born and raised in Hungary. She moved to London, Ontario, Canada, at age seventeen. She attended Western University (University of Western Ontario) from 1993 to 1997, earning a B. A. (Honours) in philosophy and French literature. After a few years of work, she returned to school in 2003 to get an M. A. in philosophy at Brock University. She focused on Eastern Philosophy and defended her master’s thesis called Philosophy of Death in Plotinus and Vedanta, in 2005. In 2006, she enrolled in a PhD program at McMaster University. She withdrew from the philosophy program in good standing in 2013.
After leaving the uncompleted PhD program in 2013, M. J. Mandoki poured her passion into creative writing. She decided to dedicate her life to philosophically inspired creative works that help everyday people ask meaningful questions and seek meaningful answers mainly about the mystery of life and reality. She often focuses on unusual, anomalous experiences that are difficult to explain without asking serious philosophical questions, such as “What is the meaning of my life?”, “What is real?” or, “What should I do with my life?”.
She released her first novel, The Curse, on October 1, 2014 and her second book, a collection of stories, Real Life Choices, on July 19, 2015. Her books are available on amazon.com (paperback and kindle editions), on createspace.com (paperback edition). (Click on books above for details). The author is currently working on her third book. It is a novel, entitled The Art of Revenge.
M. J. Mandoki also participates in short story contests. Two of her short stories, entitled “Just Business” (2015) and “The Dance of the Fairies” (2016), and a poem, entitled “The Old Willow’s Plea” (2016), were published by Polar Expressions Publishing, as a result of having finished in the top group of the publishing company’s writing competitions. Also, for the past three years, she has sent her short stories to the CBC Short Story Contest, to the Writer’s Digest Contest and to the Canadian Tales Short Story Competition held by Red Tuque Books.
In the field of philosophy, she is interested in epistemology, philosophy of death, philosophy of religion, metaphysics and ontology. Outside philosophy, she is interested in near-death experiences, death-bed visions, reincarnation theories, mysticism, Greek mythology, English literature, Hungarian literature, paganism, altered states of consciousness (lucid dreaming, meditation, visualization, precognition, remote viewing and telekinesis) and outlaw motorcycle clubs (purely educational interest).