Luisa Buehler grew up in Berkeley, a suburb of Chicago. Her love of reading and soon after, writing was born in a small “volunteer” library in the basement of the building which housed the three man police department and city hall. There, Buehler discovered Nancy Drew, and her career — not as girl detective, but girl mystery writer.
Buehler attended Proviso West High School in Hillside and joined the newspaper staff. Her advisor suggested, however, that she find another outlet for her writing since her articles were well-written but never made deadline. Wisely, Buehler moved to the yearbook staff, rationalizing she would have an entire year to submit her copy.
Following graduation from Rosary College in River Forest with a B.A. in English, she landed a job at the Chicago Sun Times-Daily News. Her intent was to write for the paper, but her reality was typing classified ads. . . life doesn’t always take a straight line towards a goal.
While working for the newspaper, a small start-up magazine, Environs recruited Buehler to sell ads, write articles — even model for ads occasionally.
The line to her writing career blurred again when the magazine closed shop and she was hired at Wide Scope Personnel, Inc. Exercising her editorial skills, she began writing all the company’s help-wanted ads, then its marketing pieces, promotional material, resumes, and letters to customers.
Over the next several years Buehler wrote business pieces, short stories, poems, garden journals, and ultimately her first Grace Marsden Mystery, The Rosary Bride: A Cloistered Death. After submitting her writing for five years, though, without publishing success, she put the novel aside to become a Webelos leader for her son’s Cub Scouts pack.
As Buehler dove into her second Grace Marsden mystery in 2002, she purchased the company she worked for (now The Hire Solution, in Oakbrook Terrace which Buehler still owns and operates).In the same month, she landed a publishing contract for The Rosary Bride.
Luisa Buehler lives in Lisle with her husband Gerry, their son Christopher (Kit), and family cat, Martin Marmalade. Between managing a business and family, she also finds time to spend in the garden, ‘plotting while potting’.
With many hats to wear – murder mystery author, business owner, wife, mom, and gardener — Buehler offers this advice: “Be careful what you pray for!”
There’s no mystery about her passion for her ‘day job’. Buehler works tirelessly to help women find employment. She is a popular speaker at women groups and workshops, explaining and entertaining with topics regarding networking do’s and don’ts, generation gap in the workplace, and body language during interviews. “I’ve been blessed with a passion and a paycheck!”
Buehler is currently working on the seventh Grace Marsden Mystery with a June 2011 publication date. Her series won the Readers’ Choice Lovey for Best Traditional Mystery Series. Buehler has been featured in Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine and reviewed in Suburban Living Magazine, Midwest Mystery Review, Romantic Times, The Daily Herald, Pioneer Press Newspapers and many online sites. She has also begun drafting an outline for a second series set in where else, an employment agency. Buehler also has a middle school age Boy Scout adventure written which is being shopped around.