Biography

CJ Mun immigrated to the US when she was six and a half years old from South Korea. She grew up in a working class family near downtown Los Angeles. She graduated from Tenth Street Elementary School, John Burroughs Jr. High School, Westridge School for Girls, and Yale University.

CJ studied both Fine Art, specializing in Sculpture, and Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale. After graduating from Yale in 1990, she moved to San Francisco where she couldn’t find a job. CJ started her career as a copy technician at a local copy center for $5 per hour with the condition she could use their computers for free. (Computer rental was $20 per hour.) She also worked at Macy’s as a sales rep. She landed her first marketing job as a marketing assistant seven months after graduation at Calyx & Corollo that launched the first fresh flowers-by-mail concept. Since her first marketing job, CJ has held every marketing position in a corporation.

CJ quit her first marketing job after a year because of family obligations and moved to Las Vegas to raise her younger brother and sister for four years. While in Las Vegas she was part of the opening crew at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. At the time, MGM Grand was the largest casino in the world with over 4,000 hotel rooms in a single location. After her siblings went to college, CJ moved back to San Francisco to resume her marketing career.

In Silicon Valley, CJ worked mostly in emerging technology sectors as an executive strategic marketer. She implemented the first San Francisco prepaid phone cards for tourists working with Mayor Willie Brown’s office, launched the first e-Book at NuvoMedia/Gemstar TV Guide that was the precursor to Kindle, and also launched Pandora.com. More recently, she held executive positions at Tropicana LV, MGM Resorts International, and D&B.

Today, CJ is finally taking time to write stories she hopes her son and other children will enjoy. She writes fantasy for middle grade readers and contemporary young-adult fiction. She lives in Summerlin Las Vegas with her husband, and son. When she is not writing, she is busy serving on the non-profit boards. She also volunteers as the ASC Director for undergraduate recruitment in Nevada for Yale University and Regional Advisor for Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Nevada.

When time permits, she enjoys speaking at high schools regarding her experience growing up poor in inner city Los Angeles and getting into Yale.