Mystery Writer Jean Heller to Speak at Smithfield, NC Library

Mystery writer Jean Heller and the cover of her novel Burning Rage
Mystery writer Jean Heller and the cover of her novel Burning Rage

Mystery writer Jean Heller will be the guest speaker at the November meeting of the Johnston County Writers Group on Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6-7:45pm, at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield (PLJCS) in uptown Smithfield, North Carolina.

The meeting is open to writers, mystery fans and the general public!

Since 2014, Heller has completed four novels in the Deuce Mora Mystery Series: The Someday File, The Hunting Ground, Burning Rage and, for early 2020 release, Ill Wind.

Heller is a two-year resident of Clayton and a former journalist for the Associated Press and Newsday, with many awards to her credit, including the Robert F. Kennedy Award and eight Pulitzer Prize nominations (two slots as a finalist).

Her first two thrillers, Maximum Impact (1993) and Handyman (1995) were published by St. Martin’s Press. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and graduate fellowship from Ohio State University, and has lived in New York City, Washington, DC, Chicago and St. Petersburg, Florida, among other moves.

Heller loves to inform and entertain her fellow writers and mystery fans. She plans to speak about how she developed her main female character, Deuce Mora, and about the writing and publishing process. There will be time for questions and answers from the audience.

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield is located at 305 E Market Street, Smithfield, NC — near the Ava Gardner Museum. There is no fee to participate in this event.

If you can’t make the November 14 meeting, Heller will also be participating in the Downtown Smithfield Wine Walk on Friday, November 15, 2019, 5-9pm. She’ll have a table at the library stop, as part of the Johnston County Arts Council display, on the walk. Tickets for the walk are $20 and may be purchased through Harbor, Inc.  at

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Source: Cindy Brookshire, Johnston County Writers Group

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