Jonnie has a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a law degree from UC's Boalt Hall School of Law. In addition, she holds graduate degrees in English, from the University of Michigan, and in counseling, from California State University.
Jonnie has worked as a high school English teacher, a high school counselor, and an attorney for a San Francisco law firm in California. Moreover, she has served on the Edgar awards committee. She is a frequent lecturer on both the craft of writing and the world of mystery fiction. Now she devotes most of her time to writing, which resulted in her being the best-selling author of fifteen mystery and suspense novels.
Quotations: “As wonderful as it is to lose yourself in reading a good book, it’s even better (when things are going well) to find yourself immersed in a fictional world of your own creation. I love having the opportunity to be so many different people and to have so many different experiences. I see all fiction, including mystery fiction, as a framework on which to hang human drama. It’s the personal side of things - relationships, secrets, underlying tensions - that interest me most, and mysteries offer a wonderful opportunity to explore these. That’s what crime is about - relationships that have broken down, human nature pushed to the limits. In writing mysteries, my focus is less on the violence of the crime itself, than the passions that led up to it.”
Jonnie is the mother of two grown sons, she lives in northern California with her husband.