Judith Gonda

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About me

Location Los Angeles, California, United States
Introduction I'm a mystery writer and a psychologist. I was trained as a developmental psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and continued my education as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California where I also taught and worked as a research associate and met my husband, an architect and professor, there. We moved to Champaign-Urbana where I was an assistant professor at the University of Illinois. I moved back to LA to work as a jury consultant at a leading litigation consulting firm before opening my own jury consulting firm with a colleague. My passion has always been figuring out what makes people tick, whether through conducting psychological research, applying psychology to legal issues, or examining motives and relationships in writing my mystery novels. I have two adult daughters, one a landscape architect and interior designer and the other a screenwriter and producer and two rescue Pomeranians, a.k.a. daughter surrogates, named Izzy and Ollie. All provide inspiration for my stories. I'm represented by Dawn Dowdle, Blue Ridge Literary Agency.
Interests My family, my pets, plants. Sports: particularly USC and the PAC-12 Conference of Champions, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Dodgers. I like puns.
Favorite Movies Favorite TV shows: Schitt's Creek, Dead to Me, Grace & Frankie, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife. Favorite movies: Some Like It Hot, Bringing Up Baby, Bridget Jones's Diary, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Home Alone, Annie Hall, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Father of the Bride, It's Complicated, Sleepless in Seattle, Charade, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, Meet the Parents, Juno, Sideways, Little Miss Sunshine, Hallmark mystery movies, especially the Murder, She Baked, and the Aurora Teagarden series.
Favorite Music Stray Kids, ATEEZ, The Rolling Stones, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, Bach.
Favorite Books Charles Dickens, especially Great Expectations, Nicholas Nickleby, Sue Grafton Kinsey Milhone mysteries, Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series, Bridget Jones's Diary, I Don't Know How She Does It, Agatha Christie's mysteries, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries, P.D. James, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy Sayers, John Grisham, David Sedaris.