About joy.the.curious

In 2011, I did something a little crazy. I took a leap of faith, quit my job, and started calling myself a writer. A real one.

I started a blog called joy.the.curious and wrote about a weather-beaten beach house on Longboat Key, Florida. I fell in love with the interactivity of blogging and the back-and-forth feedback I received that allowed me to unravel the mystery of Villa am Meer.

Villa am Meer, 2010

When that story started to come to a close, I wondered what to write about next. I chose to take a look at the 1989 case of Jacob Wetterling, an 11-year-old boy who was abducted at gunpoint while biking home from a convenience story with his friend and younger brother. It was a news story that stopped every Minnesotan in their tracks, and we all prayed for a happy ending. Twenty-one years later, they were still searching.

I wrote about the case for three weeks, then set it aside until I was contacted by the newly named “person of interest” in the case. He asked if I wanted to know his side of the story, so we met and I listened. That meeting set me on a new path that would change my life forever. In 2016, Jacob’s remains would finally be found, in part because of key information I helped uncover that was never fully investigated.

In October 2023, Patty Wetterling (Jacob’s mom and a well-known national advocate for children’s safety) published her memoir with me as co-author. Dear Jacob: A Mother’s Journey of Hope tells our combined story and is available now at booksellers, major retailers, and local libraries.

Dear Jacob, published October 17, 2023

Why subscribe?

Seriously, you don’t have to subscribe. No worries. But for only $5 a month or $50 a year, you are supporting my work and validating my dream of becoming a real writer. As an added bonus, every new post I write goes directly to your inbox and you don’t have to remember how to get back to this Substack. That’s it. Nothing else to see here.

Subscribe to [ j o y . t h e . c u r i o u s ]

Join me in my journey as I embrace the curious life. I'm the wife of a turkey farmer. Mother of two grown boys. Avid ponderer. Treasure seeker. Curator of the written word. I enjoy sparking interest in the mundane and uncovering a compelling backstory.