Ohio Author Spotlight: Trudy Brandenburg

Trudy Brandenburg loves kayaking, writing, reading, drawing, and bird-watching. Over the past thirty years, she has kayaked on dozens of rivers and lakes throughout the country, in addition to the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans, and the Gulf of Mexico. Her passions flowed together to create The Emma Haines Kayak Mystery Series. Four books are currently in the series.

She is a member of the Southern Ohio Floaters Association (SOFA) kayak and canoe club, based in her hometown of Chillicothe, Ohio. She is a featured speaker at various writing events and enjoys teaching her popular class “Creating Fictional Characters.” 

The Emma Haines Kayak Mystery Series and author interview were featured on VoiceCorp, a reading service based in Columbus, Ohio, that provides audio broadcasting for people who are blind or have other conditions that prevent them from reading standard print. Trudy’s writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines, including The Columbus DispatchMy Scioto Valley Magazine sponsored by the Chillicothe GazetteQuirk’s Marketing Research ReviewThe Consultant, published by the Association of Consulting Foresters, various online publications, poetry books, Holistic Discoveries magazine, and in newsletters. 

If you don’t catch her kayaking or writing or creating her designer “Trudle” greeting cards, bird-watching or sketching, she may be enjoying a walk through Clintonville, Ohio, or hanging out along Lake Erie near Marblehead, Ohio. Or she could be doing research for the Fortune 100 insurance company, where she’s worked for the past thirty years.

To connect with Trudy on-line, visit https://trudybrandenburg.wixsite.com/trudybrandenburg.

Her latest book, Osprey on O’Shaughnessy Reservoir, can be found at Weiland’s Market or Amazon.com.

Ohio Author Spotlight: Alicia Anthony

Alicia Anthony’s first novels were illegible scribbles on the back of her truck driver father’s logbook trip tickets. Having graduated from scribbles to laptop, she now pens novels of psychological suspense in the quiet of the wee morning hours. A full-time elementary school Literacy Specialist, Alicia hopes to pass on her passion for books and writing to the students she teaches.

A two time Golden Heart® finalist and Silver Quill Award winner, Alicia finds her inspiration in exploring the dark, dusty corners of the human experience. Alicia is a graduate of Spalding University’s School of Creative & Professional Writing (MFA), Ashland University (M.Ed.) and THE Ohio State University (BA). Go Bucks! She lives in rural Ohio with her amazingly patient and supportive husband, incredibly understanding teenage daughter, two dogs, three horses, a plethora of both visiting and resident barn cats, and some feral raccoons who have worn out their welcome.

When she’s not writing or teaching, Alicia loves to travel and experience new places. Connect with her online at www.AliciaAnthonyBooks.com.

Cover of Inherent Fate
Cover of Inherent Fate

Awards & Nominations:

Golden Heart® Finalist, 2018 & 2019 
WisRWA Silver Quill Award Winner, 2018
Killer Nashville Claymore Award Finalist, 2016 & 2018
Daphne Du Maurier Award Finalist, 2015 & 2017

Ohio author spotlight: Andrew Welsh-Huggins

When he’s not holding Ohio’s politicians accountable or feeding his pets, Andrew Welsh-Huggins can be found penning novel after novel. His latest project, Columbus Noir, features not only one of his short stories, but more than a dozen others from some of central Ohio’s best writers.

Cover of Columbus Noir

And if longer stories are more your speed, check out the Andy Hayes mysteries. The latest, Fatal Judgment – the sixth in the series – finds disgraced-Buckeye-quarterback-turned-detective Andy Hayes trying to find a judge and ex-lover who disappeared just hours after contacting him out of the blue.

Cover of Fatal Judgment
Fatal Judgment

“As always, Andrew Welsh-Huggins writes an edge-of-your-seat thriller that doesn’t let go until the very end.”

The Book Loft of German Village, about Fatal Judgment

Check out Andrew’s books and get lost in a mystery while discovering Columbus all at once!

Ohio author spotlight: Duffy Brown

Duffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She has two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, her license plate is Sherlok and she conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own for Berkley Prime Crime. Duffy’s national bestselling Consignment Shop Mystery series is set in Savannah and the Cycle Path Mysteries are set on Mackinac Island.

Coming in August of 2020 is the sixth in the Consignment Shop series: Wedding Day and Foul Play. (Wedding cake on top of the table, a dead body under and a favorite auntie accused of putting it there is no way to start a marriage!”)

“Mysteries are my life! They are all that I read, watch on TV and at the movies. I think this all started when reading Nancy Drew under the covers with a flashlight in hand. Nance is my hero. I have The Secret in the Old Clock, The Hidden Staircase, The Secret in the Old Attic on my desk right now.

When growing up it was truly a man’s world…except for Nancy. She solved the crimes, drove the neat car, went on adventures, was educated and clever and she did it all in a skirt! I figured if Nancy could do those things so could I!”
– Duffy Brown

When she’s not getting bossed around by her cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, Duffy enjoys traveling, spoiling her grandkids, and helping conduct Murder Mystery Train Rides with her fans. Duffy also writes the Cycle Path series set on Mackinac Island.