Tuesday, April 21, 2015


I have known Judy Nickles for several years. She is a talented author and we have a lot of common interests. Being a grandma is one of our top priorities. 

A little about Judy...
Judy Nickles, also writing as Gwyneth Greer, has been spinning tales since she could hold a #2 pencil. A genealogist for over 30 years, Judy believes that stories are everywhere and wishes she had time to write all of them. She is having her adolescent rebellion 50+ years late and recently took a ride in a vintage B-24 bomber built the year she was born during the war (that’s WW II for all you youngsters out there). She has 5 traditionally-published novels and has recently branched out into indie publishing. She also manages to keep up with four adorable (natch!) grandchildren acquired somewhat belatedly but with great gratitude and joy.

Thank you, Judy, for joining us today!

Here is Judy's responses to my Fast Five Questions:

1     1) Why do you write?  
          Why not? People write for different reasons at different times in their lives. Right now I’m finding     it’s a nice way to make a little extra money in my retirement. But sometimes there’s still a story           inside clamoring to get out even if it doesn’t make a nickel!

2     2) What is your “Daily Mantra” for writing? What gets you to your keyboard above other     
           Sometimes it’s that story slipping the constraints of my mind and slithering down my arms to my       fingers. When I do NaNoWriMo (and that’s not every year), I know I have a minimum number of       words to write daily to meet the goal of 50K in a month. Without a deadline looming, I find Randy     Ingermanson’s advice about The 500 Club as useful as anything.

3     3)   What is the best writing advice you ever received?
             Just write the book/story and fix it later.

4     4) What is your favorite genre to write and why? 
            Cozy mystery with a taste of vintage wine…um, historical details…and maybe a ghost or two             stops the list. I suppose I never outgrew Nancy Drew.

5     5) What is the one key career you remember from your childhood of wanting to be when you           grew up?    
            A lady detective, of course! I even had a handy dandy little detective kit. And I was obsessed with       what might be hiding behind the walls of my grandmother’s house next door. 
   Here is a blurb from the Penelope Pembroke Mysteries:
B&B owner Penelope Pembroke has a son who’s a cop, an ex-husband who’s best not mentioned, and a penchant for toeing the line in life. So what’s she doing with a mystery man who comes and goes from Amaryllis, Arkansas, usually leaving murder and mayhem behind? 

You will find this series at Amazon

You can find out more about Judy Nickles 



  1. Enjoyed the interview. I love cozy mysteries so I'll have to check your's out. I also love Nancy Drew. She was a cozy before there was a name for it.

    1. Hi Wanda, Thanks for stopping in. I loved Nancy Drew as well. Wish I still had the collection... original hardbacks. such a treasure lost.