Author Spotlight no.33 – Jean Henry Mead

Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the thirty-third, is of Jean Henry Mead.

Jean Henry Mead is the author of 15 books, half of them novels. She’s also an award-winning photojournalist who served as a news, magazine and small press editor. Her Logan & Cafferty mystery/suspense series consists of A Village Shattered, Diary of Murder, and Murder on the Interstate. Her juvenile series, the Hamilton Kids’ mysteries, are Mystery of Spider Mountain and Ghost of Crimson Dawn. She also writes historicals; her first in the series, Escape, a Wyoming Historical Novel, will be followed by No Escape: The Sweetwater Tragedy. Her books, regardless of genre, are laced with humor and light romance.

And now from the author herself:

How would you react if your publisher died and orphaned your mystery series? Panic? Tears? Or would you follow the trend and republish the books yourself? Few publishers will consider a mystery series after the third novel, so I decided to establish my own publishing company.

I’m electronically challenged, but my husband learned to upload the files for both ebooks and print editions. And, because the books were previously published, there was little editing to do. It wasn’t long before we had seven books online as well as local stores interested in stocking them.

We have an unusual publishing website at and plan to publish other writers’ work as well. Fortunately, I’ve served as an editor, and my husband is good at designing book covers. We’re both bibliophiles with a large home library, so our love of books keeps us motivated.

The next problem is how to promote our books. With so much competition from more than a million ebooks, and thousands more published each day; we need to find ways to make our books stand out. But how to do that? Too many blurbs on Facebook and other social media sites only turn readers away. So how do you let readers know about your books on a limited budget?

I decided to take part in virtual book tours. I was asked to join the “Mystery We Write” Holiday Tour, which will run from November 25 until December 9. Fifteen mystery writers, including award-winning Tim Hallinan and Michael Orenduff, are taking part in the tour and we’ll be collectively giving away more than 60 mystery novels from our individual sites.

My own tour schedule is up at: (as well as the other writers’ sites) and I’ll be giving away 14 ebooks, one each day of the tour to visitors who leave comments and screen names. I’ll also draw three additional names at the conclusion of the tour for print copies of my mystery novels.

The best part of blog tours is hearing from readers who stop to say hello and comment about our books. Having someone say, “My husband grabbed your book before I had a chance to read it,” really makes a writer’s day—an entire week even. So I hope you’ll have a look at my tour schedule and choose a number of the tour sites to visit. There’s a good chance you’ll win a great mystery novel (or two) and enjoy what we all have to say.

Before I close, I’d like to ask you, the readers, how publishers attract your attention and what makes you decide to buy their books? I appreciate any comments you’d like to make.

Wishing you all the best holiday season ever!

Morgen: Sadly we here in the UK have to wait ’til Christmas for our holiday but we’ll make up for it I’m sure. Thank you Jean. 🙂

You can find more about Jean and her work via… website is and she also has a Wikipedia page!

The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with author of short stories, mainstream novels, and mysteries John M Daniel – the one hundred and one hundred and ninety-third of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, bloggers, autobiographers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me. You can read / download my eBooks from Smashwords (Amazon to follow).

17 thoughts on “Author Spotlight no.33 – Jean Henry Mead

  1. Jean Henry Mead says:

    Thank you for the invitation to appear at your great site in the UK from here in Wyoming, Morgen. I hope your blog visitors will check out the “Mystery We Write Virtual Book Tour” schedule and visit many of the sites (and win some books.)


  2. williamdoonan says:

    I’ll definitely check out your blog tour. Enjoyed your post. I’ve been thinking about your question – how can a publisher attract readers to its list. Identifiable cover branding can be part of the solution, but so can a reputation for taking risks, publishing emerging genres, and developing series.

    William Doonan


  3. Anne K. Albert says:

    Great post, ladies. I’m always impressed by Jean’s dedication to her craft, her books and her cohorts. She’s one lady you’d be honored to call a friend.

    Btw, the second 2011 Mystery We Write Blog Tour begins November 25. I can’t wait!


  4. Jacqueline Seewald says:

    Being tech challenged myself, it’s nice to know that your husband was able to help you put your reprints into e-book form. Wishing you much success.


  5. Jean Henry Mead says:

    Thank you, Jacqueline. Actually, it’s a full fledged small press with print copies we’ve sold to book stores as well. We operated the press previously, publishing other writers, until it go to be too much work and I didn’t have time to write my own books. Now that my husband’s recently retired and it’s so easy to publish books, we decided to go back into the publishing business.


  6. ellisv says:

    Jean, that was a thoughtful post. We all need to consider how to reach readers without beating them over the head. Self-promotion is tough, and there’s a fine line between too little and too much. I like the your ideas for covers and branding. A Village Shattered lures you and makes you want to know what’s behind that lovely facade.


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