Ilsa Mayr

About Me

For most of my life I was a reader. I learned to read early, not because I was brilliant, but because the first language I learned to read was German which is very phonetic. (After learning a few rules, reading is easy. The grammar, on the other hand, is a bear!) The first novel in my new language I read was a Zane Grey Western, which is not surprising as I, like many Europeans, find the American West endlessly fascinating.

Loving books, I became a librarian—a school librarian where I pushed books to avid as well as reluctant readers. After many years of book talking, I began to wonder if I could write a book. During one summer vacation, I started a book. No outlining, no planning, just with an idea of the characters and the outcome. I finished that novel the following summer and placed it in a box. It is still in that box in my closet and will remain there. However, I learned a good deal—most of all, that I needed to learn a whole lot more. I learned that there were organizations out there where people like me got together and discussed writing. Heaven! I joined Romance Writers of America (RWA), a mystery writers' group, and a local chapter of RWA. I am still learning.

When I am not writing or reading, I work in my garden during the summer and try to get to aerobics class several times a week the rest of the year. (Writing is not only solitary, it's sedentary as well.) I also like to cook, play with my pets, and watch movies, preferably mysteries. I have been married to the same man for many years. We have two grown children, one who lives close by and one far away, alas.

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