Caitlyn Jamison Mysteries

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About the author:

Mary E. Maki grew up in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York where the first two Caitlyn Jamison mysteries are set. The next Caitlyn Jamison mystery will be set in Virginia's Chesapeake Bay area, where Caitlyn’s parents have recently moved into an active adult community. An area that has many secrets. 

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An Unexpected Death was started in 2008 because I was frustrated with what was happening in our country - people losing their jobs, and losing their homes. Writing helps make sense of things, so I decided to write a story centering on greed and fraud.

It wasn’t long before I hit the dreaded middle and stopped. In fall of 2014 I picked the story up again and challenged myself to finish.

And then the characters took over and developed an environmental themed plot line. The subplot was a little known mental health disease in which I wanted to educate readers.

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Fatal Dose is another character driven book dealing with something out of my comfort zone, but an issue the characters felt the public should know more about. Because I’m a genealogist, I wanted to include a genealogy subplot, and that is when the Verna Adams character took on a bigger role. It's amazing how the characters control the story.

As an author, I have learned to let the characters take over, because most of the time they know where the story is headed better than I. 

I’ve had the opportunity to work for some interesting and inspiring people. People who taught me that details matter, and to always strive for perfection - one being Astronomer Dr. Carl Sagan at Cornell University, the other Dr. James Whalen, President of Ithaca College.

I am a member of Sisters in Crime, the Central Rappannock Regional Library's Inklings Writing Group, and facilitate the Fiction Critique Writing Group. My genealogy work has been published in Connecticut Ancestry, the Nutmegger (Connecticut Society of Genealogists), and on the Genealogy Club of Newtown (CT) website.

© Ray & Mary Maki 2017