Email me at JeriWesterson at gmail dot com Jeri Westerson was born and bred in Los Angeles, inhaling smog and enduring earthquakes. Raised in a household that not only embraced history, but medieval English history specifically, Jeri came by her interest in all things medieval honestly. She worked in a bevy of careers prior to setting her sights on becoming a novelist. Would-be actress, graphic artist, theology teacher, tasting host and tour guide for a winery, and newspaper reporter were among them. She wanted to create her own brand of medieval mystery, and combined the concept of medieval mystery with hard-boiled detective fiction, what she calls “Medieval Noir.” Crispin Guest, is a disgraced knight turned PI, solving crimes on the mean streets of fourteenth century London.
Not only does she write the critically acclaimed Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Mysteries, but also historical novels, paranormal novels, and LGBT rom/com mysteries (the Skyler Foxe Mysteries). To date, her medieval mysteries have garnered twelve national award nominations, from the Agatha to the Shamus.
Jeri has done talks around the country about the Middle Ages, demonstrating her cache of medieval weaponry. She has been a featured guest on the radio talk show Writers on Writing with host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, on “My Awesome Empire” on her local NPR station, “KVCR-Arts” on the same local NPR station, a guest lecturer at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA, and at Santa Monica City College. Jeri served two terms as president of the southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America, served one as Vice President of the LA chapter of Sisters in Crime, served two terms as president of the Orange County chapter of Sisters in Crime. In 2013 she served as co-chair for the joint SinC-LA and SoCalMWA California Crime Writer’s Conference. She is a member of the National Historical Novel Society as well as its LA chapter, and the Los Angeles and Orange County chapters of Romance Writers of America. She is married to a commercial photographer, has a screenwriter son, herds one cat, a tortoise, a bevy of bees, and the occasional tarantula at her home in southern California. Visit Jeri’s blog www.Getting-Medieval.com for articles on history and mystery. Or see what Crispin has to say on his very own blog. You can follow her on Twitter and see what she’s up to on her Facebook page or her author page or on Pinterest. For a BRIEF bio, go here.