Julie Weston grew up in Idaho and practiced law for many years in Seattle, Washington. Her debut fiction, Moonshadows, A Nellie Burns and Moonshine Mystery, was published in 2015, and was a finalist in the May Sarton Literary Award. This book was followed by Basque Moon in 2016, which recently won a WILLA Literary Award in historical fiction.
Why she writes: Weston’s first book, The Good Times Are All Gone Now, was a memoir of place about a mining town and her childhood years in the 1950’s and ’60’s. For a long time, she had fooled around with a mystery and decided to try her hand at it-in part because she had read and still reads lots of mysteries. When a full moon in snowy Idaho presented a unique photo to her photographer husband, it also presented in her mind a mystery plot tied to an old cabin in the snow, and Moonshadows was born.
Weston’s most recent release, Basque Moon, A Nellie Burns and Moonshine Mystery, is the second in the series. Both mysteries are set in Idaho. The second book is set in the Stanley Basin, an area surrounded by the Sawtooth mountains and the White Cloud mountains, and features sheepherders, cowboys, moonshiners, and Nellie and Moonshine.
She is in the process of completing the third book in the series with Nellie Burns and Moonshine. This one is set in Craters of the Moon, which is also in Idaho. This book should be out summer of 2018.
Check out her website at www.julieweston.com, and Like her on her Facebook page. Her books are available at most independent bookstores, including Rediscovered Books in Boise, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.