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She is a a noted writer of regional mysteries both in Michigan and Oklahoma (none in Kansas yet, although she attended junior high in Wichita, Kansas and graduated from Great Bend High School). “JoAnna Carl” is a pseudonym for Eve K. Sandstrom, who was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, the daughter of a petroleum engineer. Seven of her mysteries are laid in her home state, but her recent books are set on the banks of Lake Michigan, where her husband’s family owns a summer cottage. Eve/JoAnna holds a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma, where she studied with Carolyn Hart, among others, in the OU Professional Writing Program. She also spent nearly thirty years as a reporter, columnist, and editor for The Lawton Constitution in Lawton, Oklahoma. Her first sale was to Harlequin Intrigue. Her next six Oklahoma novels were written under the Eve K. Sandstrom by-line. Then came the Chocoholic books. The Chocolate Cat Caper was published in 2002, marking the birth of JoAnna Carl. In 2001-2002 Sandstrom/Carl served as president of Sisters in Crime, an organization of more than 3,000 members world-wide. Its aim is to educate the publishing world and the public about the contributions of women mystery writers. Carl won the Oklahoma Book Award in 1993 and has been nominated for two top mystery awards, the Anthony and the Agatha. In addition to her work with Sisters in Crime, Carl has been active in Mystery Writers of America. She has formerly served on the Lawton Arts and Humanities Commission and has been on the board of the Lawton Friends of the Library. She was named Lawton Citizen of the Humanities in 1998.

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