Juliet Blackwell has been fascinated with witchcraft, alternative healing, and spirits of all kinds ever since her favorite aunt visited and read her tea leaves...with astonishing results.
Blackwell is the New York Times bestselling author of the Witchcraft Mystery series, which features a misfit witch with a vintage clothing store in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury neighborhood; and of the Haunted Home Renovation series --in which Mel Turner, a restorer of historic homes, finds ghosts behind the walls. Under the pseudonym Hailey Lind, Juliet penned the Art Lover's Mystery series with her sister Carolyn--including the Agatha-nominated Feint of Art. Arsenic and Old Paint is the latest in that series.
Juliet's father always counseled her to get a job that would pay a lot of money, but instead she studied, painted, and worked with newly arrived immigrants. As an anthropologist, she studied systems of physical and mental health care all over the world, and taught Medical Anthropology at SUNY-Albany. As a social worker, she worked in elementary schools in rural New York and with refugees and immigrant populations in San Jose, California, where she also taught English as a second language. She operated her own painting and design studio in Berkeley for twelve years, and worked on historic restoration/renovation throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as in Arizona, New York, and New Jersey.
Juliet has spent time in Mexico, Spain, Cuba, Italy, the Philippines, and France. She now lives in a happily haunted house in Oakland, California, where she continues to paint, in addition to writing every day. She served two terms as president of Northern California Sisters in Crime, and sat on the board of Northern California Mystery Writers of America. She worked as a "house captain" for the Rebuilding Together organization for six years. She is now a tutor for the Second Start adult literacy program at the Oakland library, and volunteers for the Alameda Food Bank. Blackwell is the proud mother of a beautiful son and the foster mom to her neighbor's pets...especially a black cat named Oscar.