Joan Wright Mularz, mystery author and sometime author and illustrator of picture books


It all started when...

I was born into a large family on an island in the middle of New York Harbor. It's where I read my first mystery and learned to love reading, writing and drawing.

Through books and art history, I developed an interest in seeing other places. So, as a college student, I scrimped and saved and headed across the ocean for the first time.

My experiences as a traveler, parent,  teacher and graduate student made me want to write for young people. Two and a half years living in Italy became the inspiration for my first E. T. Madigan mystery, Upheavals at Cuma. Six years in Germany led to the writing of the second mystery, White Flutters in Munich. My picture book, What I Like About My Friends, celebrates the diversity I found through both teaching and travel and another, Island Times, celebrates the multiplication and diversity of animal and plant life found on islands.

I have also written curriculums and educational grants. When not traveling, I divide my time between a small town in Massachusetts and a small town in the western hills of Maine, inspiration for my alliterative alphabet book, Down West — the Other Maine and for my third E.T. Madigan mystery, Maine Roots Run Deep, due out in 2017.


Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Children's Writers By the Sea

Newburyport Writers

Independent Publishers of New England