About me

Who is M.L. Evans?


A native of Bonne Terre, MO, I am a career journalist, having worked at various newspapers, doing general news and sports in Missouri and Oklahoma.

I got my BA in history/political science with a minor in English at Central Methodist College (now University) in Fayette, MO.

 I went back to school in the early 2000s and got my MA in history from Southeast Missouri State University. 


I was born in Kaiserslautern, West Germany, where my dad (a First Sergeant in the U.S. Army) was stationed. We returned stateside when I was going on three years old. I lived my entire life from then until 2004 in the southeastern quarter of Missouri. I lived and worked in Oklahoma until returning to Missouri in October 2016.

I accepted Christ in early 1973 and spent much of the 1990s as a volunteer church youth leader. 

I enjoy reading, watching movies, writing fiction, posting on Facebook, following politics and playing APBA baseball. I live with my very spoiled part-Siamese cat, Ginger Grant, who has me well-trained by now. My bucket list includes visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, seeing a game at Fenway Park and visiting the battleship Texas.

First novel in print is lifelong dream

Although I have written and self-published a successful non-fiction book (The Commandant's Last Ride, 2001) and collaborated on two successful non-fiction coffee table books, seeing a novel in print has been a dream since childhood.

This year Book 1 of the Higgins Point Mysteries series, Unwelcome Detective, will be the realization of that dream.

I think my first written fiction was in third or fourth grade, when I wrote a short story about Dr. Frankenstein and his monster. I got called down for cackling out loud in class as I worked on it.

My first completed manuscript was another teen detective story, written  back in eighth grade.