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General Information

Name:  Judy Douglas Knauer  

Pen Name: Brandy LaRue, J.D. Knauer, J Douglas Knauer

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Mystery Romance

Born: 1942 in Peoria, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Knauer was born in Peoria and currently resides in Livingston County.

Biographical and Professional Information

Judy Douglas Knauer is an Illinois Press Association newspaper journalism award winner (1988-1995). During that period, she captured a total thirteen awards: eight IPA awards, including two first places for Education Reporting and Headline Writing, plus IPA awards in Feature Stories, Investigative Reporting, Newspaper Column, and Sports Feature. She also earned awards from American Publishing Company with a first place for both Hard News Story and Sports Story, plus second and third for Best Feature Photo and (another) Hard News Story, respectively. She has published magazine articles on farmsteading; a mystery to ''Over My Dead Body''’s print magazine; and her fiction entry of Page 19 of her novel BAD CATHOLICS won a spot in the Chicago Chapter of the National Writers Union 2005 Writers at Work Chapbook. Berkley/Jove purchased her romance, ''ECSTASY RECLAIMED'' by Brandy LaRue in 1983. Admittedly, not one who easily follows rules, she switched from romance to her true love: mystery writing. Currently, Amazon is selling two of her novels as e-books: ''VENDETTA''; and, ''A DIRTY WAY TO DIE'', a Manny Shepherd P.I., both under the name J. Douglas Knauer. ''A DIRTY WAY TO DIE'' is also available in print worldwide through Amazon. Her thriller novel ''BAD CATHOLICS'' was updated and released by Amazon as an e-book under the title ''THE DEVIL’S HEAT''. Judy has 4.0 GPA’s in college studies of Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation; Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation; English Composition I and II; International Business (economics) and Desktop Publishing. She is an active member of Mystery Writers of America (Midwest) and Sisters In Crime, mystery writer organizations.

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