Juliet Blackwell is my Woman In Horror today! Juliet is probably better known for her super Art Lovers Mystery Series which she writes as Hailey Lind with her sister Carolyn J. Lawes. This series is about an ex-art forger trying to go straight by working as a muralist and faux finisher in San Francisco. The first of these, Feint of Art, was nominated for an Agatha Award; Shooting Gallery and Brush with Death were both IMBA bestsellers, and Arsenic and Old Paint is now available from Perseverance Press.
If Juliet can write mystery tales, why not Witchcraft mysteries? No reason not to, so she does. Her Witchcraft Mystery series is quite charming: to a point, of course. Add in witches and the supernatural, and we have a great genre overlap of the best kind. I appreciate the fact Julie takes the things she is most interested in and knows the most about and weaves her magic into her stories.
I am intrigued with the premise for the Witchcraft series. San Francisco and Haight Street have so much history already, but Julie tosses in a Witch who operates a vintage clothes shop. Imagine the shopping experience there. But once again, we read about witchcraft from the complex and all encompassing mind that is Juliet. She has been around the world and studied many cultures and, of course, within these cultures resides many urban legends and mystical practices. Julie is especially intrigued with Latin America, which I am as well. Maybe if we all ask her, she will write some specific stories about these settings and spin the witchcraft in. Hint, hint!
Juliet's Amazon bio:
Juliet Blackwell has been fascinated with witchcraft, alternative healing, and spirits of all kinds ever since her favorite aunt visited and read her tea leaves...with astonishing results.
Blackwell is the New York Times bestselling author of the Witchcraft Mystery series, which features a misfit witch with a vintage clothing store in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury neighborhood; and of the Haunted Home Renovation series --in which Mel Turner, a restorer of historic homes, finds ghosts behind the walls. Under the pseudonym Hailey Lind, Juliet penned the Art Lover's Mystery series with her sister Carolyn--including the Agatha-nominated Feint of Art. Arsenic and Old Paint is the latest in that series.
Juliet's father always counseled her to get a job that would pay a lot of money, but instead she studied, painted, and worked with newly arrived immigrants. As an anthropologist, she studied systems of physical and mental health care all over the world, and taught Medical Anthropology at SUNY-Albany. As a social worker, she worked in elementary schools in rural New York and with refugees and immigrant populations in San Jose, California, where she also taught English as a second language. She operated her own painting and design studio in Berkeley for twelve years, and worked on historic restoration/renovation throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as in Arizona, New York, and New Jersey.
Juliet has spent time in Mexico, Spain, Cuba, Italy, the Philippines, and France. She now lives in a happily haunted house in Oakland, California, where she continues to paint, in addition to writing every day. She served two terms as president of Northern California Sisters in Crime, and sat on the board of Northern California Mystery Writers of America. She worked as a "house captain" for the Rebuilding Together organization for six years. She is now a tutor for the Second Start adult literacy program at the Oakland library, and volunteers for the Alameda Food Bank. Blackwell is the proud mother of a beautiful son and the foster mom to her neighbor's pets...especially a black cat named Oscar.
Juliet is obviously a very busy lady, yet it appears she is happy doing as much as she does. One thing is very obvious. Amidst all her other talented endeavors, Juliet Blackwell is a Woman In Horror!
A Vision in Velvet: A Witchcraft Mystery by Blackwell, Juliet (Jul 1, 2014)
Other Formats: Audio CD
Home For the Haunting: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery by Blackwell, Juliet (Dec 3, 2013)
Dead Bolt: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery (Haunted Home Repair Mystery) by Blackwell, Juliet (Dec 6, 2011)
Tarnished and Torn: A Witchcraft Mystery by Blackwell, Juliet (Jul 2, 2013)
Secondhand Spirits: A Witchcraft Mystery by Blackwell, Juliet (Jul 7, 2009)
If Walls Could Talk: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery (Haunted Home Repair Mystery) by Blackwell, Juliet (Dec 7, 2010)
Murder on the House: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery (Haunted Home Repair Mystery) by Blackwell, Juliet (Dec 4, 2012)
A Cast-Off Coven: A Witchcraft Mystery by Blackwell, Juliet (Jun 1, 2010)
Hexes and Hemlines: A Witchcraft Mystery by Blackwell, Juliet (Jun 7, 2011)
In a Witch's Wardrobe: A Witchcraft Mystery by Blackwell, Juliet (Jul 3, 2012)