Collaborating writers on opposite coastlines is no obstacle for Elaine Braman and Margarete Johl. They share the passion for writing a witty mystery, heat waves, hot flashes and Palm trees but beyond that, they couldn’t be further apart than Florida and California. They met one time four years ago by chance in California at a business meeting and became fast friends mixing like paper and pen. Although they haven’t seen each other since, they have written three novels together and continue to plot their next.
Born in Pennsylvania to parents whose native language was German, Margarete started writing early in life perfecting English grammar; for obvious reasons. Now residing in Palm Springs, CA. (where anything under 80 degrees is sweater weather), Margarete and David, her husband enjoy their grown daughters and two dogs. Margarete writes fiction and poetry every free hour she has and works for a telecommunications company full time. Stage fright is her enemy, but give her a keyboard or a stubby pencil and she’ll create a world.
Originally, from Massachusetts, Elaine migrated to Florida for family and job. Her background in technical writing provides skills to organize a logical plot. In addition to winning place in the 10th annual Writers Digest short short story competition she has written instructional articles for career professionals, contributed proofing and editing (dialogue) services, for such publications as The Florida Writer, RPLA, Connections Magazine and the johnyraygun Comic Book by Rich Woodall. For the past four years, Elaine has been a member of the executive board of directors for FWA. Elaine and Darrel, the love of her life, enjoy their Florida home, grown family, and grandchildren while she continues to perfect her craft. Elaine’s philosophy is, teach what you know to learn what you don’t know.
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Right in Sight
by Braman Johl
Sassy newspaper columnist, Kate Lambrose receives a cryptic poem asking her to locate a missing person. She discovers the mystery to be the perfect distraction from her grief over the loss of her husband who isn’t dead, but gay. While Kate and her teenage daughter angst over problems at home, she discovers a 40-year-old murder. Unknowingly, she befriends the killer who makes her the next target.
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