About me

I write legal suspense and mysteries for thinking adults who like to see people get what they deserve.  My first stories were made up at bedtime and told to my younger sister.   My sister didn't appreciate my efforts and wanted stories with pictures.  I kept on, graduated from the local high school, went to the state college, and graduated from law school when my son was fifteen years old.  After this experience, my son, Tony,  is convinced he does not want to be a lawyer or a writer.

For the past too many years, I have been employed as an attorney by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Children and Families.  I represented the state in child custody matters and in child abuse and neglect cases.  As I hate to do research, my novels are about this area of law and its heartbreaking consequences on families.

Of course, the stories are also about crimes, including murder and child abuse.  Yes, children die in my books, but I try not to make the violence too graphic or in your face.  But the books are primarily about people trying to make the best of an awful situation and their attempts to connect with others and get what they need.  All does not turn out well.

I live in a small town, much like my fictional Meredith, Massachusetts, and have lived here most of my life.  Most of my family lives here also, an atypical situation in the twenty-first century.  As the town has less than 10,000 people, I know a large percentage of the population.  I belong to the local YMCA, get my nails done by the manicurist with a storefront, and shop at the local WalMart.  You can learn more about my town and my attempts to become a published novelist by following my blog:  "Herbs and Handguns:  Life as a Rural Mystery Writer". 

Many thanks to my writing circle (you know who you are) for supporting me in this endeavor and to Ann Forcier for taking and letting me use the photographs on this website.

Author interviews are a lot of fun. I can talk about my rubber ducky collection, my insane idea to start karate lessons when I was the oldest person in the room, and my sister's lack of appreciation for my storytelling abilities (well, she was only five). Read my interviews at:

www.nfreads.com/interview-with-author-j-a-mcintosh

www.writeofpossibilities.com

MurderCom is sponsored by Writers Police Academy and takes place in North Carolina this year. Writers sit around and discuss how to kill people, practice shooting guns, and witness simulated take downs of bad guys. If you write about murder, or the court system, I highly recommend attending the four day session in August. I am a sponsor this year.

www.writerspoliceacademy.com

And, if you live or work in western Massachusetts, or just love the Berkshires, you may want to check out a writing group in the ares:

www.strawdogwriters.org

I also plan to check out my website again and make a detailed plan of what I want it to look like. Haven't forgotten your request for more pictures and I'm working on that.