Connecticut author Judith K. Ivie
Photograph by Wayne Sassano
matter what other work I happened to be doing, I have always been
a writer. A lifelong Connecticut resident (except for my flower
child period, when I lived in California), I have directed public
relations for nonprofit organizations, written advertising copy
for an insurance company, promoted national tradeshows for the
design and construction industry, and served as executive assistant
to several top executives, among my many, many day jobs. So if
you, too, live in Connecticut, chances are excellent that we've
Along the way, I also produced three nonfiction books, as well as numerous articles and essays. In 2002, I wrote my first mystery novel, set in a fictitious Hartford law firm. Response to Waiting for Armando and its trio of sassy, forty-something heroines was so enthusiastic that I tackled a sequel. Set entirely in Old Wethersfield, Connecticut, Murder on Old Main Street quickly gained an audience, and the Kate Lawrence mystery series was born. Part three, A Skeleton in the Closet, was inspired by the wonderful Silas W. Robbins House in Wethersfield. Book four, Drowning in Christmas, returns Kate and her friends to Hartford, where they investigate a mysterious disappearance at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Dying Wishes, number five in the series, has Kate facing the big 50th birthday and exploring the issues of aging within the context of a mysterious death at a local retirement facility. Auld Lang Syne
finds Kate at her 35th high school reunion, where she is drawn into an investigation of the death of a former nemesis. Dirty Tricks, the seventh title in the series, explores the darker side of publishing as Margo’s Auntie May joins the ladies from Atlanta, bringing not one, but two, intriguing mysteries with her. All seven titles are available as e-books at Amazon.com, UntreedReads.com and dozens of other on-line vendors … as trade paperbacks at Amazon.com … and as downloadable audiobooks at Amazon.com, Audible.com and iTunes.
the genre, I strive to provide lively, entertaining reading that
takes my readers away from their work and worries for a few hours,
stimulates thought on a variety of contemporary issues-and gives
them a laugh along the way.
Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary benefits from every book sale. The protection and humane treatment of all animals is important to me. I wish I were rich and could donate pots of money to all of the worthy groups working in this area, but like most people, my means are lilmited. Still, one does what one can. For me, that means donating the proceeds from every paperback book sale to Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary, a Connecticut rescue organization. The dedicated staff and volunteers of Our Companions are working hard to create homes for the state's most abused, most neglected, and neediest pets. Today, they offer dog training classes, one-to-one pet consultations, community education, and many other services to deal with and prevent pet abandonment.
In the works is a comprehensive Pet Resource Center, which will include a domestic animal sanctuary on 43 acres of donated land. At the sanctuary every animal will be saved from destruction and receive special care. Once healed, they'll become great candidates for adoption into loving, permanent homes. If you’d like to learn more, please visit www.OurCompanions.org for complete information.