Monday, July 11, 2011

Mystery We Write Blog Tour presents Jean Henry Mead

           I’ve known Jean Henry Mead online for a few years. We’ve posted back and forth on each other’s blogs, interviewed each other, and reviewed each other’s books. I’m delighted to have her as my guest for Week 8 of the Mystery We Write Blog Tour. 

           Jean Henry Mead is a mystery/suspense and western historical novelist. She's also an award-winning photojournalist. One of her fortes is interviewing writers, actors, politicians, artists and ordinary people who have accomplished extraordinary things. She began her writing career as a California news reporter/editor/photographer, first in Central California and later in San Diego. Mead transferred to Casper, Wyoming, to serve as a staff writer for the statewide newspaper. While there she served as editor of In Wyoming Magazine and two small presses. She freelanced for other publications, both domestically and abroad, among them the Denver Post's Empire Magazine. Her first book was published in 1982. She's since published fourteen novels and nonfiction books.

                 Since changes have been made with Jean's novel that was to be highlighted, I've had to change the information covered this week. We'll look at Mystery of Spider Mountain, a mystery for young readers.

Mystery of Spider Mountain

       A huge hill in southern California is called "Spider Mountain" by the Hamilton Kids who live at its foot. The mountain is inhabited by trapdoor spiders and all manner of creepy, crawling creatures, including tarantulas, who arrive at the harbors in banana boats from Central America. At the mountain's summit is a house surrounded by a wrought iron fence, which encloses four vicious dogs with jaws large enough to swallow a child.

        Jaime 13, Sam 11, and Danny 9, wonder who could possibly live there and climb the hill to investigate. What they find scares them enough to scramble back down the hill, their lives changed forever.

        Mystery of Spider Mountain is available on Kindle. The print edition will be released September 2011.
Visit Jean at her website:

And her blog sites:
Mysterious Writers:
Writers of the West:
Murderous Musings:
Make Mine Mystery


4RV Publishing said...

Thank you, Jean, for visiting this week. I'm sorry we had to rush and change because the interview was quite interesting.

However, it's good to know there is a good middle grade mystery available for the children in our lives.


Marja McGraw said...

Jean, I'm sorry for your problems, but in the meantime I'm delighted to hear about Mystery of Spider Mountain.

Jean Henry Mead said...

Thank you, Vivian, for featuring Mystery of Spider Mountain. The next book in the Hamilton Kids' mystery series, The Ghost of Crimson Dawn, will be released this fall from Medallion Books.

Jean Henry Mead said...

Thanks, Marja. Everything happens for a reason and I believe in the old addage: When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Life continues no matter what happens to us along the way.

Loved your book and just keep on moving along.


4RV Publishing said...

Mystery of Spider Mountain does sound interesting, doesn't it? I just love mysteries.


Jean Henry Mead said...

Thanks, Marilyn. The print version will be out in September in time for Christmas. I hope children enjoy it as much as I didn writing it.

Sharon Ervin said...

Jean, you prove yourself versatile and with publishing changing as dramatically as it is these days, it's good to be flexible. Besides, many of us have young readers to buy for and, in spite of 100+ temperatures here in Oklahoma, Christmas will come. With your help, we can begin our gift list early.


Jean Henry Mead said...

Thank you, Sharon. We hope to have the print version of Spider Mountain available by September first.

Anne K. Albert said...

Super interview, ladies. Thanks so much. Spider Mountain is on my TBR list, too!

4RV Publishing said...

Thank you, Jean, for being my guest this week on Brain Cells & Bubble Wrap. I appreciate all who stopped by and visited with us.