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Publication Order of Kate Lawrence Mystery Books

Waiting for Armando (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder on Old Main Street (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Skeleton in the Closet (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drowning in Christmas (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dying Wishes (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Auld Lang Syne (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dirty Tricks (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Swan Song (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Calling It Quits (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Judith K lvie is an American author that writes both fiction and nonfiction. Judith is best known for her mystery novels which feature strong female characters and plenty of romance, not to mention humor.


Judith K Ivie was born in Connecticut. She spent a few years living South of San Francisco but then she came back to Connecticut. She has never left since then. The author started out in marketing. She did a bit of advertising and public relations before moving on to sales promotions.

She enjoyed the perks of a number of corporate jobs, at one time working for various top executives as an administrative assistant. It took her a while but the author eventually made the decision to leave the job market behind so she could write full-time.

Judith started out writing nonfiction; she might be known best for the various articles and essays she produced at the time. Once she got a handle on the writing and marketing aspects of publishing, Judith decided to try her hand at fiction, a task she successfully accomplished.

Judith K Ivie came to be known for the Kate Lawrence Mystery series, a collection of mystery novels about a woman who leaves her prestigious job in search of a less stressful life. Many of Judith’s books have been published by a small publishing company called ‘Mainly Murder Press’.

+Literary Career

Judith K Ivie started writing fiction in the early 2000s. She had experimented with writing before but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that the author gained notoriety. Judith believes she was fortunate to start engaging with the publishing arena so early because it wasn’t that hard to get an agent back then.

Judith’s agent was instrumental in helping her produce and publish her nonfiction works. By 2006, however, Judith K Ivie wanted to be known for more than her essays and articles and nonfiction.

She wanted to produce mysteries. In undertaking the change, Judith had to look for an agent all over again. She was annoyed by the difficulty of the task. Everywhere she went, Judith was met with polite rejections. Eventually, she gave up on the whole agent thing and decided to try a new approach.

E-Presses like Whiskey Creek press were gaining momentum at the time so Judith gave them a shot. She was able to write and sell her books. However, the author quickly found that the royalties she was earning were not nearly enough to meet her needs and demands.

So she decided to start her own press, a task she knew she could accomplish because her public relations and marketing jobs had given her all the editing, writing and advertising skills she needed to get the project off the ground.

Since those early days, ‘Mainly Murder press’ has become a respectable traditional royalty-paying publisher that has several dozen writers working under its banner. The press has allowed Judith K Ivie to write and publish to her heart’s content without worrying too much about fitting into the expectations of other people.

Judith believes her firm is an important element of the publishing industry that provides a helping hand to talented authors that might be struggling to get their voices heard.

Judith always encourages new writers to persevere, not only in the writing process but also the marketing aspects of publishing. According to Judith, the world can no longer cater to authors who are only interested in writing.

Every author must do their part to market their own book. Judith wants aspiring writers to realize that publishing success is as much a product of effective marketing as it is the result of quality writing. And anyone who isn’t ready to hold launch events, reach out to local newspapers and network online is destined for failure.

Despite the requirements of running her press, Judith always finds time to write. When the author has a writing project to accomplish, she doesn’t let anything stop her. Judith K Ivie makes it a point to write at least 500 words every single day. The author gets most of her work done in a spiral notebook.

She can write from anywhere, even on her bed. And once she is done, she gives it a couple of hours and then comes back the next day to review what she wrote and possibly even carry out corrections before proceeding.

Judith normally waits until she has a couple of pages written before she types them out, adds the printouts to a binder and then continues with her notebook.

Judith typically has to go through numerous cycles of writing and revising before she is satisfied with the final result. Judith admits that it would be easier for her if she just took the time to outline before writing.

However, the author prefers to create a big mess of characters and plots that she will spend hours trying to figure out and align rather than following a neat outline. She believes it makes for a better story at the end of it all.

Judith’s ideas for stories come from the things she sees and experiences on a daily basis. She also takes inspiration from the people she meets.

+Waiting for Armando

A secretary at a prominent law firm falls in a spot of trouble when her philandering boss is murdered and she is suspected of committing the crime. Fortunately, she has a band of loyal workmates who come together and make it their mission to find the truth and exonerate her.

This is the first book in the Kate Lawrence mystery series. The book centers on Kate Lawrence, an ambitious woman that leaves her prestigious job for something a little less stressful. When one of her bosses is murdered, his assistant Ingrid Torvalson, who finds his body, takes the blame.

Kate makes it her mission to prove Ingrid’s innocence.

+Drowning in Christmas

With the economy experiencing a downturn, Kate Lawrence is forced to give her realty business a break. With the holidays just around the corner and everyone around her falling ill with the flu, Kate Lawrence doesn’t expect to enjoy Christmas.

She is proven right when her ex-husband convinces her to host an at-home wedding only for the preparation to be sidelined by a murder. Someone is out to ruin Kate’s already sour Christmas.

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2 Responses to “Judith K Ivie”

  1. Mary Gallagher: 3 years ago

    Love her series “Kate Lawrence mystery series”.
    I was so sad when the last eBook “Swan” finished.
    Being selfish I wanted more of this series.
    Many thanks.
    Mary (UK) fan

    • Judith Ivie: 7 months ago

      I only recently Googled myself and found this comment, Mary. (Obviously, I don’t do it very often.) When I saw how long ago you posted it, I have little hope that you will see this message of appreciation for your kind acknowledgment, but I thought I’d give it a try. It’s so lovely for an author to know that someone has derived enjoyment from my work! It makes it all worthwhile. Best to you.


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