John Straley has worked as a secretary, horseshoer, wilderness guide,
trail crew foreman, millworker, machinist and private investigator.
He moved to Sitka, Alaska in 1977 and has no plans of leaving. John's
wife, Jan Straley, is a marine biologist well-known for her extensive
studies of humpback whales.
John's first book, The
Woman Who Married a Bear,
was published in 1993 and won the Shamus Award for the Best First
Mystery of that year. His third book, The
Music of What Happens, won
the 1997 Spotted Owl Award for Best Northwest Mystery.
John works from a small office alongside the waterfront home near
Old Sitka Rocks where he and Jan raised their son, Finn. You can
also find the Straley family on their sometimes second home, the