Author Marilyn Jax worked as an investigator for the State of Minnesota for nearly 20 years. She investigated real estate, franchise and environmental cleanup fraud. Often while out on the job, Jax would think to herself, “This would make a good book.”


One time in particular, when out at a dig site, Jax looked into a newly dug hole in the ground and thought, “what if?”


“Right there, on the spot, I determined to write a mystery involving the discovery of a decades-old skeleton buried deep within the ground,” said Jax.


Her first book, The Find, was published in 2007 and it was based on that idea. Since 2007, Jax has added Road to Omalos, Sapphire Trails and Never in Ink to her author credits. Presently, she is working on a book titled The Ploy.


Jax, who has lived in Minnesota most of her life, said writing is her passion. In particular, she loves to write mysteries and make the bad guys pay for their crimes. Jax said she’s a natural born investigator and mysteries have always intrigued her.


“As a young girl, I loved Nancy Drew Books. Each time a new book came out, I devoured it immediately,” said Jax of her love for the mystery genre.


While the process can be grueling, Jax said she enjoys creating characters and storylines.


“I need to write. I need to create. I also write to provide new tales for my readers,” said Jax.


As a writer, Jax loves hearing from her readers. She said it’s always humbling to hear that readers enjoy her books. Jax said she likes getting out and meeting readers.


Jax will speak at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Robert Trail Library as part of the Rosemount Area Arts Council’s Meet the Author series.


As part of her presentation, Jax will touch on her background and how it helps her craft mysteries. Additionally, Jax will talk about the mystery genre in general and discuss the components of a good mystery.


The event is free and open to the public.