Judy Nedry was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. She grew up in the small towns of Idaho and eastern Oregon before I-pads, zombie apocalypses, and Prozac. There wasn't much to do, so she discovered reading and WRITING at a very early age. She earned a degree in Journalism at University of Oregon. She moved to Portland where she spent 30 years documenting the growth of the Northwest wine industry. She founded Northwest Palate magazine and freelanced regularly for a number of notable wine and food magazines. Her non-fiction books, Oregon Wine Country and Washington Wine Country (1998 and 2000 respectively,Graphic Arts Publishing). AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE, the first in her Emma Golden Mystery series, was published in 2009 followed by THE DIFFICULT SISTER in 2013 and THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE in 2015.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote several stories when I was a child. But the big story I wrote was in my sophomore year in high school. Our English teacher, who was also the wrestling coach, wanted to get us out of his hair for several days, so he gave us a writing assignment. I think I was the only one who completed it. It was suspense story about a kid who had to do several things that went against his personal moral code to be included in a group of popular kids he wanted to hang with. I can't remember how it turned out.
What is your writing process?
That's a good question. I write when I can, usually late morning, but there also is a sweet spot from 7-9 p.m. when I am refreshed and ready to go again. When working on a novel, I will pick up where I left off, but usually review what I wrote the previous sitting. I work from a very rough outline that changes as the story progresses. I'm not terribly organized, but so far I manage to keep going. Working hard on my fourth novel.
An Unholy Alliance, The Difficult Sister, and The Man Who Wasn't There are the first three books in this series which features the not-so-intrepid amateur sleuth Emma Golden. A woman of a certain age, Emma finds herself inadvertently dragged into murder investigations centered in Oregon wine country and other Oregon locales.