Judy Fitzwater


Judy Fitzwater grew up an Air Force brat and has lived in nine states, including Maine and Hawaii. Her first mystery, DYING TO GET PUBLISHED, was plucked from a stack of unsolicited manuscripts at Ballantine Books. It was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Mystery. The subsequent seven-book series, THE JENNIFER MARSH MYSTERIES, was a delight for her to write, especially the scenes with Jennifer's quirky writers' group. Judy has also written two suspense thrillers, DROWNING IN AIR and NO SAFE PLACE, and the ghostly romantic comedy, VACATIONING WITH THE DEAD. Her latest release is the 7th in the Jennifer mystery series, DYING BEFORE "I DO". She has plans for more mystery, suspense, humor, and paranormal adventures to come.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
This question makes me laugh because the answer is haphazard. I love writing, but I have a hard time getting myself to do it. Almost anything seems more appealing--until I actually get in front of my computer and start putting down words. That's when I find myself falling into a story, an adventure, a new world, that unfolds around me and takes me somewhere completely different from my normal life. My ideal is to write at least two good pages a day. I hate throwing out material, so when I get stuck with a plot, I stop writing, and let the creative part of my brain mull over the elements I've put in my story. I find my best ideas come when I'm doing laundry or cooking or just before I go to sleep. I keep pads of paper next to my bed because I never remember my "brilliant" revelation unless I write it down. I never outline. I seldom know whodunit before I'm a good way through the book, and I like it that way--being along for the ride with my characters. I hope that makes my books fresh. If I don't enjoy writing them, I know people won't enjoy reading them.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read in every genre--fiction of all types, true crime, history, biography--whatever strikes my fancy. Mysteries have always been my favorite. While I still read them, they have to be a really good read to keep me right in the moment of the story because otherwise I find myself analyzing the construction of the plot or picking out the villain right away. It's a hazard of my craft. But a really good writer will pull me in so deeply, I can't turn the pages fast enough, and I simply don't have time to think about all of that. All I want to know is what will happen next. I also love to laugh, so books with great comedic elements are high on my list. My Jennifer Marsh Mysteries make me laugh every time I read them (which I have to do periodically for continuity), and they deliver a good mystery at the same time, at least that's my goal. Murder is not funny, so it's a delicate balance. My romantic comedy, VACATIONING WITH THE DEAD, is what I consider all out fun. And my suspense novels, DROWNING IN AIR and NO SAFE PLACE, neither of which are funny, are adventure stories, the sort I'd like to experience but only from the safety of my armchair. I write the books I want to read. I hope readers feel the same way.
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Where to find Judy Fitzwater online


Dying Before "I Do"
Series: The Jennifer Marsh Mysteries, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,800. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Jennifer Marsh is back in DYING BEFORE "I DO"! Love and murder should never go together, but murder is exactly what threatens to derail Jennifer's marriage to Sam Culpepper. One man who tried to unearth the secrets of an old kidnapping case is already dead, and now reporter Teague McAfee finds himself in danger with only Jennifer and Sam to keep him safe while Jennifer's friends plan her wedding.
Vacationing with the Dead
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,890. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
VACATIONING WITH THE DEAD is a funny, sweet, romantic comedy in which true love is not just for the living, and its obstacles don’t end after death. It all begins when Rex Ferris inherits a haunted mansion from his uncle, turns it into a vacation destination, and meets the love of his life, would-be travel writer Talia East. It’s a fun romp filled with the adventure of finding everlasting love.
Dying to Get Her Man
Series: The Jennifer Marsh Mysteries, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,050. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Dying to Get Her Man is the 6th in the very funny Jennifer Marsh Mysteries. On the coldest day in Macon, Georgia's recent history, Suzanne Gray, dressed as a bride, is found frozen to death on her lover's grave. Suicide? Jennifer's not buying it, and neither is her boyfriend Sam. But when Sam's old girlfriend shows up claiming to be his fiancee, Jennifer has more than murder to worry about.
Dying to be Murdered
Series: The Jennifer Marsh Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,990. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The Fifth in the fun Jennifer Marsh Mysteries! Mary Ashton knows someone is going to murder her, so she hires mystery writer Jennifer Marsh to record her final days to keep her killer from getting away with it. The money's too good to turn down, even if Jennifer has to stay in a haunted mansion with a crazy lady. One blood soaked bed later, the mystery's on. Who killed Mary? And where's her body?
Dying to Remember
Series: The Jennifer Marsh Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,260. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Fourth in the clever Jennifer Marsh Mysteries. Jimmy Mitchell disappeared 12 years ago the night of Jennifer’s prom, and now her high school reunion has turned deadly. Her first love, now married to her high school rival, is found dead in the parking lot--before he can tell Jennifer something important. Lost love and murder, both past and present, mix in a fast-paced tale of murder and betrayal.
Dying for a Clue
Series: The Jennifer Marsh Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,830. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.00 from 1 review)
The third in the very funny Jennifer Marsh Mystery series! Jennifer is going undercover...sort of. She's the brand new assistant to real-life private eye Johnny Zeeman. So what if he's a little sleezy? He's agreed to let her tag along on his next case. But when someone is murdered and Johnny's wounded, she finds herself with a 17-year-old client with family secrets that could get them both killed.
Dying to Get Even
Series: The Jennifer Marsh Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,540. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
The second in the very funny Jennifer Marsh Mystery Series. Mystery writer Jennifer Marsh has caught her friend Emmie Walker standing over her dead ex-husband's body with a bloody knife. Now Jennifer, the prime witness, must prove that sweet, senior citizen Emmie could not have done the deed. There's a long list of people who wanted Edgar dead. But the police are sure they already have their man.
Dying to Get Published
Series: The Jennifer Marsh Mysteries, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 54,020. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(3.86 from 7 reviews)
Jennifer Marsh is a mystery writer with eight unpublished books and hundreds of rejection letters. If she can just get famous for something, someone will surely publish her books. Why not murder? Because Jennifer's a good person, a vegetarian who rescued a greyhound. She could never actually kill someone, but she could plot a murder that will land her as the prime suspect in a real murder case.
Drowning in Air
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,240. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Blood. All over her hands. And Eva Keller has no idea how it got there and why she's been stranded in downtown D.C. When she arrives home, she finds a handsome police officer waiting for her. He certainly seems to know her, but who is he? The last 32 hours of her life are missing. The answer lies in who killed eight people 15 years ago in a drive-by shooting spree. A taut romantic thriller.

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