Author Bio

Jo Lauer, transplanted from the Midwest, is a retired psychotherapist in Sonoma County, California. Her articles and essays have appeared in Sacred Hoop, Psychology Today, Journal of Clinical Activities, Assignments & Handouts in Psychotherapy Practice, Tiny Light, Moondance,” GRIT magazine, In the Family, and Sonoma County Women’s Voices. She has published a novella, Waltzing with the Azaleas, and is the author of Returning: A Collection of Stories.

Her story, “Quilt of Souls,” appears in the Vintage Voices 2010 Redwood Writers Anthology, Words Poured Out. Her essay, “She,” appears in Potpourri For and About Women (2010). Her essay, “Oak Tree Intermediary,” was performed by Petaluma Readers Theatre (2011) and her story “Roots in My Garden” was adapted as an Inde film (2022), by Reel Freedom Films.

Her two cozy-mystery series are “Best Laid Plans”: An Unlikely Trio, Best Laid Plans, Gone Awry; and “A Little Old Ladies Mystery”: Second Floor Front, It’s In The Ink, Killed by a Silver Bull, The Tooth Faerie, Unarmed.

Jo lives with her stuffed raven, Loudly, in Northern California.

Please visit her website at She can be reached by email at