Judith Yates Borger is a long-time journalist who has turned her hand to mystery writing. Meet and mingle with Judy and other local authors at MinnPost’s Book Club Blast.
MinnPost: Tell us about your most recent published work.
Judith Yates Borger: “Where’s Billie?” (A Skeeter Hughes Mystery) was published by Nodin Press in 2009. Here’s what Publishers Weekly said:
“Borger, a former reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, successfully taps into a parent’s constant concern — how to protect children in an increasingly dangerous world — in her compelling debut, the first in a series to feature Marguerite Skeeter Hughes, a Minneapolis Citizen reporter.
“While researching a story on a missing 18-year-old girl, Billie Berry, Skeeter soon senses something complex developing, especially after Billie’s sleazy ex-boyfriend tells her he’s heard Billie might be turning tricks and doin’ meth.
“Further research takes Skeeter to the Mall of America, where she spies a handsome middle-aged man buying Abercrombie & Fitch clothes for a cute teen he’s just met. Skeeter is horrified after she discovers the wolf is a middle-school principal.
“More snooping leads to threats to Skeeter’s life as well as her marriage to a fellow reporter. Readers will want to hear more of Skeeter’s punchy, first-person voice.”
MP: Which writers have been the strongest influences on your own writing?
JYB: I’m a huge fan of Sue Grafton. (“A is for Alibi,” “B is for Burglar”….)
I was lucky enough to meet her last fall and give her a copy of “Where’s Billie?” In it I had written, “To the author whose work inspired mine.”
Don’t know if she read it and it doesn’t really matter. I just wanted her to have it.
MP: What do you love most about living in Minnesota?
JYB: I moved to Minneapolis in 1976, drawn in part by the Minnesota mindset that together everyone — DFLers and IRs (what used to be Republicans) — can find common ground and make this a great, forward-looking city and state.
This was the place where Gloria Steinem used to come to get her feminist fix.
What I love now are the tiny shreds of that Minnesota mentality that remain.