After earning her BA and graduating with Honors from the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University, Mahlena decided to stay in Los Angeles to build her career. In 2007, she founded Mr. J Media and published her first novel, Steve the Penguin. She later elected to continue her overeducation by attending business school at the University of Southern California and earning an MBA in Marketing. Mahlena is currently working on her fifth book, But You Have No Idea.
When she isn’t working smart to help her students achieve their educational and career goals, she likes to attend events sponsored by her local Mensa chapter and indulge in reruns of Murder, She Wrote and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. You can read more of her deep musings and witty quips at Mahlena.com.