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Mystery author Joyce Strand on Murder, Mayhem, and Silicon Valley

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How do you write murder mysteries set in Silicon Valley? Join us as author Joyce Strand talks murder, romance, and red herrings.

Joyce T. Strand is the self-published author of five who-done-it mysteries.

Her newest novel, The Judge’s Story, published June 23, 2015, is a historical mystery set in a small California town (Ventura) in 1939 and features a California Superior Court Judge.

Her most recent contemporary novel, Hilltop Sunset, is the first of a trio featuring protagonist Brynn Bancroft, a corporate executive transitioning to winemaker. Brynn Bancroft is a minor character in Strand’s novels On Message, Open Meetings, and Fair Disclosure—three mysteries solved by Jillian Hillcrest, a publicist whose boss was Chief Financial Officer Brynn Bancroft.

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. 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 second Brynn Bancroft mystery, to be published in November 2015.

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

She has PhD from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and a BA from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA.