052erinkatephotoAbout Joyce T. Strand

Joyce T. Strand is the author of contemporary and historical who-done-it mysteries.

Her most recent contemporary novel, LANDSCAPE FOR MURDER, is the second in a trio featuring protagonist Brynn Bancroft, a financial guru in transition to winemaker from corporate executive. HILLTOP SUNSET is the first Brynn Bancroft mystery where she serves as a sleuth to solve the crime and intrigue that seems to stalk her. Brynn is a minor character in Strand’s first novels ON MESSAGE, OPEN MEETINGS, and FAIR DISCLOSURE—three mysteries solved by Jillian Hillcrest, a publicist whose boss was Chief Financial Officer Brynn Bancroft.

Her newest novel, THE REPORTER’S STORY, published June 16, 2016, is an historical mystery set in San Francisco in 1912 featuring a female reporter determined to become a respected front-page reporter but encountering mystery, intrigue, murder along the way. THE JUDGE’S STORY, published June 23, 2015, is an historical mystery set in a small California town (Ventura) in 1939 and features a California Superior Court Judge.

Much like her protagonist Jillian Hillcrest, Strand headed corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in California’s Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. Unlike Jillian, however, she did not encounter murder in her career. She focused on writing by-lined articles, press releases, white papers, and brochures to publicize her companies and their products.

Strand has been a mystery fan since she read her first Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy stories as a teenager. She admits that in between reading Agatha Christie, Ian Fleming, Erle Stanley Gardner, and John McDonald in her youth, she also checked out Tolstoy, Steinbeck, Faulkner, and Dostoyevsky, but her love of the “puzzle” always drew her back to the latest fictional detective. Today she favors John Grisham, Louise Penney, Linwood Barclay, Michael Connelly, and Stieg Larsson. She has always enjoyed the challenge of following clues to solve the puzzle of a mystery before it is revealed.

Therefore Strand relished the transition from writing marketing copy to creating fictional sleuths.

However, one other confession: her most favorite novel ever is Shogun. Even though the historical James Clavell novel is not a “mystery,” it is full of puzzles inside puzzles in medieval Japan. And the tale is told so well that readers feel like they’re actually there.

Today, in addition to creating mysteries, Strand writes and publishes a blog, Strand’s Simply Tips, is a writer for a regional wine magazine, and is working on the third Brynn Bancroft mystery, to be published in November 2016.

Strand lives with her cat and collection of cow statuary in Southern California, and seeks out and attends as many Broadway musicals and other stage plays as she can get to.

Strand received her Ph.D. from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and BA from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA