Third Tuesday Author: Judy Nedry
Judy Nedry grew up in small towns in northern Idaho and eastern Oregon where she rode horses, devoured mystery novels, and played trombone in her high school band—a situation that managed to get her out of small towns to places like the Pasadena Rose Parade, jazz festivals in Reno, Nevada, and even a marching band gig in the Disneyland New Year’s Eve Parade. Her band experiences engendered a lifelong love of travel.
She earned a BA in journalism at University of Oregon and was offered a guest editorship at Mademoiselle Magazine in New York City. Back in Oregon, she worked as features editor for a bi-weekly newspaper in the Portland suburbs.
In 1980 Nedry and her husband purchased vineyard property in Oregon’s Willamette Valley with the goal of starting a winery. By then a mother with small children, she began fielding spec articles on the new but promising Oregon wine industry. By 1986, she was an established authority on Northwest wine, and contributed articles to wine and food magazines across the country.
She and her family moved to Newberg, Oregon to be near their vineyard and the wine industry. In 1987 she and a business partner founded Northwest Palate magazine devoted to the wine, food and lifestyles of the Pacific Northwest. She edited the Palate for seven years, continued to write freelance for national and international wine publications.
Ms. Nedry authored Oregon Wine Country and Washington Wine Country, published by Graphic Arts Publishing in Portland, and then turned to fiction. She is the author of three books in the Emma Golden Mystery Series set in Oregon wine country. Her latest work, Blackthorn, is a stand-alone mystery told in the traditional gothic style. It is set in the Columbia River Gorge.