Books, the natural world and music have filled Jo Hiestand’s life since childhood. These passions and an intense love of Things English create the foundation of her writing. It is nowhere more evident than in her novels featuring ex-police detective Michael McLaren. a folk music enthusiast and reluctant solver of cold cases.
Jo’s insistence for accuracy -- from police methods and location layout to the general ‘feel’ of the area -- has driven her innumerable times to Derbyshire, England, the setting for her books. These explorations and conferences with police friends provide the detail used for McLaren’s cases.
In 1999 Jo returned to Webster University to major in English with an Emphasis in Writing as a Profession. She graduated in 2001 with a BA degree and departmental honors.
She has combined her love of writing, board games and music by co-inventing P.I.R.A.T.E.S., the mystery-solving game that uses maps, graphics, song lyrics, and other clues to lead the players to the lost treasure.
Jo founded the Greater St. Louis Chapter of Sisters in Crime, serving as its first president. She is also a member of Mystery Writers of America. When not writing, she likes to listen to early and bluegrass music, play guitar, take nature photographs, read, change ring and watch her backyard wildlife.
Her three cats -- Chaucer, Dickens and Tennyson -- share her St. Louis home.
To learn more about Jo, visit www.johiestand.com