Jerilyn Dufresne, author of the Samantha Darling mystery series. You won’t want to miss this episode full of writerly wisdom. We talked about her history as a writer and the circuitous route to realizing her dream, cozy mysteries, finding community online, how stories come to life, characters that have lives of their own, beginning a writing career later than some, writing for anthologies, and much more.
Jerilyn Dufresne is the author of the Samantha Darling mystery series. She also writes other types of fiction that will be on Amazon in the near future.
Dufresne grew up in Quincy, IL as the oldest of nine children, who are the inspiration for the Darling siblings, although her sibs are much more sarcastic and fun. After living the middle part of her life working and traveling from Europe to Asia and the South Pacific, as well as all the states in the US except one, she returned to Quincy a few years ago. Dufresne is a writer, a licensed psychotherapist, and also teaches at Quincy University.
She has always had a passion for writing. Instead of listening in school, she often wrote stories, essays, and poems. Hence, her bad grades in Conduct. She loves to tell stories verbally too, and spent a small part of her life as a comedian.
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