Betty Jean Craige retired from the University of Georgia as University Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. She lives in Athens, Georgia, with an African Grey parrot named Cosmo.
Since retirement she has published Conversations with Cosmo: At Home with an African Grey Parrot and Ruminations on a Parrot Named Cosmo with Sherman Asher Publishing; the thriller Aldo; and four Witherston murder mysteries, Downstream, Fairfield’s Auction, Dam Witherston, and Saxxons in Witherston, with Black Opal Books. The fifth Witherston mystery, “Smatter’s Woods,” is in press. Betty Jean is currently writing a stand-alone comic mystery titled “The Great Chef’s Murder” based on the storyline she submitted to MoviePitcher.com.
Dr. Craige has had some film experience. In 2006 she produced a 42-minute documentary with Alan Stecker titled Alvar Suñol: His Vision and His Art, which won First Place in Short Documentary at the Indie Gathering film festival (2006) and was shown on Georgia Public Television (2007, 2008).