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No real mystery to local novelist's success

Luisa Buehler
Luisa Buehler

LISLE – Lisle resident Luisa Buehler is a wife, mother and president of The Hire Solution Employment Corp., an employment agency located in Oakbrook Terrace. Despite her active lifestyle, she manages to find time to promote and pursue another of her greatest passions: writing cozy mysteries.

In addition to her writing talent, hard work and determination, Buehler’s vivid imagination may be one of her greatest assets. For example, for some, a pile of autumn leaves may evoke childhood memories of diving into them, while Buehler’s mind may spin thoughts of a different nature with the pile of leaves camouflaging a securely tied dead body that might serve as the location of a crime scene.

Buehler’s son, Chris, knows firsthand about her creative writer’s imagination. When one of his friends was visiting, his mom asked if she could look in the trunk of his older model vehicle to check the taillights, scoping the car to see if it was constructed with easily removable taillights. That way, if there was an abduction scene in her book, it might help provide a way of escape.

“You have to get the details right because if you don’t, someone will notice,” Buehler said.

Her husband, Gerry, knows when his wife is focused on cozy mystery thoughts. He once heard her on the phone inquiring about the possibility of electrocuting someone with a coffee maker.

“I try to think like the murderer might think when I envision a crime scene.” Buehler said.

The author’s interest in reading/writing ignited when she got hooked on Nancy Drew mysteries as a young girl combined with following her favorite comic role model, Brenda Starr, who was portrayed as a glamorous, adventurous reporter.

Author of the Grace Marsden series, Buehler said there are seven cozy mysteries in the set. The first is “The Rosary Bride: A Cloistered Death” published in 2003. The last book of the series, “The Reenactor: A Staged Death,” was published in 2011. Many are set in familiar local areas, such as Brookfield Zoo (where Buehler worked as a volunteer), Thatcher Woods, the Lisle Depot and Naperville.

Buehler is working on a third prequel to the series. Another mystery, “On My Honor,” which she describes as “a Boy Scout adventure,” was published in December 2018.

When Buehler isn’t busy writing, she spends considerable time promoting her work and meeting book lovers.

During National Novel Writing Month in November, Buehler joined five other authors at the Lisle Library Author Fest as part of the Murder Among Friends group, an event that offered book discussions, a question-and-answer period for fans and aspiring writers, and book signings.

Buehler is a respected speaker on the process of writing and soon will promote her work-in-progress, a romance suspense novel set in Tuscany. The book, “Tuscany’s Truth,” will be her first self-published novel.

In September, the Oswego Literary Festival featured live music and dozens of local authors with whom fans could mingle and discuss the craft of writing. The event was presented by Sourcebooks, a publisher based in Naperville, whose philosophy is that “books changes lives.”

“Each author had their space or booth, and it was interesting to engage with other writers,” Buehler said.

She also attended a special function at the Peotone Library that covered aspects of the supernatural. “There was a lot of interacting and sharing of intriguing stories. It’s fun when everyone gets involved in lively discussion,” she said.

Other past promotional appearances included a signing and presentation at Anderson’s Bookshop in Downers Grove, a presentation and question-and-answer session at the Westmont Library, and local radio and television interviews.

Buehler helps coordinate the Love is Murder Mystery Conference, an event that draws throngs of writers, book lovers, editors, agents and publishers. Best-selling authors and award-winning novelists have attended the weekend event, which has become “the premier romantic mystery and suspense conference in the Midwest,” according to international best-selling crime writer Joel Goldman’s website.

Buehler’s books are available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Anderson’s Bookshop. Her website and updated blog, www.Luisa will list upcoming events throughout the year.

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