I love natural remedies and I've been using them for as long as I can remember. When I was growing up, my mother practiced natural cures such as tea bag baths for sunburn, homeopathic remedies for colds and allergies, arnica oil for sprains and bruises and, of course, chicken soup with garlic was always a staple.
My interest in natural remedies continued as I graduated from Boston University with a degree in communications and subsequently dabbled in various vocations including advertising and television production in Hollywood. In 1998 I moved back to my hometown, Greenport, NY and set up my own writing business. I'd always wanted to be my own boss and write full-time.
My focus was, and is, health, and in particular alternative medicine which includes natural remedies. As a freelance journalist, I've written about natural cures for Natural Health, Better Homes & Gardens, Prevention, Vegetarian Times, and Sprituality & Health. You can see my work here: https://chrystlefiedler.contently.com.
In 2009 I began writing non-fiction books that feature natural remedies. My latest book
The Home Reference to Holistic Health and Healing: Easy-to-Use Natural Remedies, Herbs, Flower Essences, Essential Oils, Supplements, and Therapeutic Practices for Health, Happiness, and Well-Being (Fairwinds Press) with herbalist Brigitte Mars will be published on December 1st.
Other books include: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Natural Remedies (Alpha, 2009), Beat Sugar Addiction Now! (Fairwinds Press, 2010 4th printing), and the Beat Sugar Addiction Now! Cookbook (Fairwinds Press, 2012) both with noted holistic physician Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. and The Country Almanac of Home Remedies (Fairwinds Press, 2011) with herbalist Brigitte Mars.
So it was only "natural" that when it came to fiction, I'd focus on natural remedies too. In 2011, my life-long dream to write cozy mysteries came true when Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster bought my natural remedies series. The first book in the series, DEATH DROPS: A Natural Remedies Mystery was released in 2012 and SCENT to KILL was released in 2013. Now, I'm happy to announce that the third book in the series GARDEN of DEATH will be out March 31!
My natural remedies series features holistic doctor, Willow McQuade, ND, who runs Nature's Way Market & Cafe located on the East End of Long Island, NY. GARDEN of DEATH takes place during our annual Maritime Festival, when Willow opens a new medicinal plant garden in memory of her beloved Aunt Claire which leads to murder, buried treasure and even, Captain Kidd! You'll also find tips about medicinal plants at the beginning of each chapter as a bonus! Find out more about the series by visiting www.chrystlefiedler.com.
When I'm not writing, I'm spending time with family and friends, playing with my two dachshunds Holmes and Wallander, and my two cats, Tinker and Tuppence, (all named after famous detectives!) taking a walk on the beach, gardening, enjoying Elementary, Murder, She Wrote and The Mentalist on TV or reading a cozy mystery in my cozy cottage by the sea.
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