Meet The Author
J.E. Irvin is a career educator and award-winning author. Her stories have appeared in both print and online journals and magazines, including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Spark a creative anthology. Avid canoeists, Irvin and her husband live in Springboro, Ohio, on the edge of a nature park.
Q. What do you like best about writing?
A. I love words and using them to create worlds, explore ideas and craft beauty. To fill a blank page with an idea and see where that idea takes the reader is exciting and challenging and fun.
Q. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
A. Not unlike other writers, I experienced the compulsion to put pencil to paper at a very young age. I intended to write seriously after our children were born. However, our second child, a son, was born profoundly retarded. That life-changing event silenced me for many years. I credit the Ohio Writing Project and the Antioch Writers Workshop for giving me back my voice after Scott passed away.
Q. Which author has inspired you the most?
A. I love a big book with a fully-realized new world. Frank Herbert’s DUNE had a huge influence on me. But before that, as a middle grader, I discovered, read and re-read The Mystery of Camp Laughing Water. Then, in seventh grade, a boy challenged me by saying I couldn’t possibly read all of The Complete Works of Arthur Conan Doyle in a year. Accepting the dare, I read all 1000+ pages in less than a month, and I was hooked on mysteries.
by J.E. Irvin,
Teenager Xandra Byrd plans one final drug drop to finance her budding skateboard career. High school principal Leah Davis returns to work after maternity leave, so stressed by the change in routine that she forgets her infant is in the car. Then both Xandra and the baby vanish. Now Detective Joe Zetts, whose own career is on the line, must solve the puzzle of the twin disappearances before the baby's mother is indicted for murder. This emotionally powerful tale examines the corrosive effect of keeping secrets and the healing power of love, uniting the protagonists in a race to save themselves from falling into the dark end of the rainbow.
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This book was so captivating. I began reading it on a flight to Denver and I even ignored offers of drink and a snack from the flight attendant. I finished reading the book on my flight home and again I couldn't put the book down.
I thought the author, J. E. Irvin, did a wonderful job of keeping her audience anxious for the next chapter. I loved how all the pieces came together in the end.
I would highly recommend this book as a good read.