Jeanne Burrows-Johnson

Biography

Debut author Jeanne Burrows-Johnson draws on a multi-faceted background in the performing arts, education and marketing. The well-researched elements of her Natalie Seachrist mystery series invite the reader and listener into the sensory rich environs of Hawai`i, where she lived for over twenty years. Like her heroine, she and her husband enjoy feline companionship in an environment featuring dynamic skies, landscapes and characters.

Academically, she was accepted for membership in Phi Beta Kappa while completing her Bachelor's degree in History at the University of Hawai`i. During graduate studies and a teaching assistantship, she became a member of Phi Alpha Theta. She is also a Lifetime Member of the British Association of Teachers of Dancing, Highland Division. Jeanne is one of the co-authors of Under Sonoran Skies, Prose and Poetry from the High Desert, one of One of the top 50 picks for 2012 by Southwest Books of the Year.

Smashwords Interview

What's the inspiration behind your newly published book?
The sensory rich environs of Hawai`i and its multiculturalism, as well as my having served as the Volunteer Talent Coordinator for the Honolulu Police Department are the sources of my inspiration for Prospect for Murder, the first book in the Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian mystery series.
What are you working on now?
I’m in the process of finalizing the fourth book in the Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian mystery series, Yen For Murder. For the most part, I’ve completed researching Japanese Buddhist sects and the offerings and the daily operations of international auction houses. I’m now steering protagonist Natalie and her companions Keoni Hewitt, Miss Una and HPD Lieutenant John Dias through the final phases of determining who murdered a Buddhist priestess while stealing a priceless golden statue of the Buddha from a temple in the hills of Honolulu.

I’m also in the process of re-examining a series of seven oral history interviews I conducted many years ago in Hawai`i. The subject of Conversations with Caroline Kuliaikanu`ukapu Wilcox De Lima Farias was the mother of one of my first pupils in Hawai`i who had many interesting stories to share. They ranged from description of her family life in upcountry Maui in the early Twentieth Century, to being a grandniece of Robert Wilcox, a revolutionary defender of Queen Lili`u`okalanit, the last monarch of Hawai`i. She also shared her experiences as a young hula dancer performing in Waikīkī on December 6, 1941. With the onset of World War II the following morning, it was several years before she could return to her family home on Maui.

As my knowledge of the Hawaiian language has increased with preparing Prospect For Murder, I am re-editing the glossaries of these interviews. Although the transcripts were donated to a couple of Hawaiian libraries, I am anticipating publication of both a revised compilation, as well as the audio files of the original interviews.
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Books

Murder on Mokulua Drive
Series: A Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian Cozy Mystery. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 94,800. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2018 by Artemesia Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Blissful seaside living evaporates for Natalie, Keoni, and Miss Una, when a neighbor’s garroted per her vision. Discovering a nefarious suspect’s body may solve the case. But soon Natalie is caught in an adversary’s cross-hairs. Does resolving the gruesome murder lie in the deceased’s transnational past…or among her innocuous companions.
Prospect for Murder
Series: A Natalie Seachrist Hawaiian Cozy Mystery. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 92,390. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2016 by Artemesia Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
A Hawaiian Mystery. A girl’s lifeless body draped over a vintage Mustang shatters Natalie Seachrist’s personal world as she learns that it belongs to her grandniece. Natalie is determined to learn the truth. But has Natalie put herself in the way of a killer who’s willing to kill again to hide their secret?

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