Under the pseudonym of Hailey Lind, Juliet penned the Art Lover's Mystery Series with her sister Carolyn, about an ex-art forger trying to go straight by working as a muralist and faux finisher in San Francisco. The first of these, Feint of Art, was nominated for an Agatha Award; Shooting Gallery and Brush with Death were both IMBA bestsellers, and Arsenic and Old Paint is now available from Perseverance Press.
Juliet's Witchcraft Mystery series, about a witch who finally finds a place to fit in when she opens a vintage clothes shop on Haight Street in San Francisco, allows Juliet to indulge yet another interest—the world of witchcraft and the supernatural. Ever since her favorite aunt taught her about reading cards and tea leaves, Juliet has been fascinated with seers, conjurers, and covens from many different cultures and historic traditions. As an anthropologist, the author studied and taught about systems of spirituality, magic, and medicine throughout the world, especially in Latin America. Halloween is by far her favorite holiday.
We're not done yet. The lovely Juliet also pens the Haunted Home Renovation Series.
Juliet was gracious enough to dish with me. Grab some tantalizing treats, a steaming cup of tea or piping mug of cocoa... or tumbler of b0urbon and relax.
What was the most memorable research trip you've made?
I went to talk to a witch who was visiting from Mexico. She was very serious about her craft, and met me in the dark, dusty back room of a botanica, or herbal shop, in San Jose. She was very charismatic and answered my questions, but then asked whether she could hold one of my gloves while doing so. She was so serious, and the surroundings so spooky, it gave me chills.
Another time, friends of a friend asked me to come to their house to communicate with a ghost. I explained to them that I write fiction, that I’m not a ghostbuster, but they still wanted me to come. While I was there lights flickered, and there were noises from the next room as we talked. I told them how to “cleanse” their house, but also recommended they have a “limpia” done by a professional. They had a baby, and there was something decidedly creepy about their cute little house.
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