M.J. Van Deventer
had wanted to write from the time she
was six years old.When she
was 12, Burt Lancaster came to her
hometown of Muskogee, Oklahoma, to film a movie at Bacone College
junior high teacher to let her
go interview him for the school paper.She
even rode her
bicycle to the college to do the interview.M.J.
said, "I wasn't about to be escorted to my first celebrity interview by my parents and have them hovering behind the scenes."Now M.J. is Director of Publications for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and editor of Oklahoma City's Persimmon Hill magazine, the museum's award-winning quarterly journal on the West.She
says, "I'm seldom turned down for an interview request."Her
secret is that she
explains, "What I've found is that people, famous or otherwise, love the opportunity to talk about themselves, their projects, and their passions in life.