Anita Page's first novel, Damned If You Don’t, is a dark traditional mystery set in the Catskill Mountains featuring community activist Hannah Fox and Senior Investigator Jack Grundy.

Page’s short stories have appeared in anthologies, ezines and print journals including Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices (L&L Dreamspell),The Gift of Murder (Wolfmont Press),The Prosecution Rests (Little, Brown), Murder New York Style (L&L Dreamspell), The Back Alley, Word Riot, Mysterical-e, Mouth Full of Bullets, Heresies, and Ball State University Forum. She received a Derringer Award from the Short Mystery Fiction Society in 2010 for “‘Twas the Night,” which appeared in The Gift of Murder.
Anita Page, a native Brooklynite, moved with her family to the Catskills in the mid-Seventies, and from there to New York’s Hudson Valley. While in the Catskills, she worked as a freelance feature writer for a regional newspaper. There, too, she met the inspiring women who became the model for Hannah Fox's Women of Action in Damned If You Don’t.
On a personal note:
Despite her NYC roots and the fact that she loves her bucolic corner of the Hudson Valley, her heart returns to the Catskills when it comes to writing about murder. She’s not sure if it's the long winters or the geography or the bodies dumped in Lake Louise Marie—or a combination of the three—but the mountains are often her inspiration.
Since retiring from teaching, she spends much of her time writing, thinking about writing, and reading other people's writing. She also enjoys long walks, films, talking about films at the diner afterward, and time with family and friends. She devotes hours each day to procrastinating various obligations, but doesn’t count that among life's pleasures. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Weeds and Dust (APCWD) of which she is the proud founder.

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