I grew up in a small town in Alabama. As a child, together with my favorite sidekicks Nig, a black German Shepherd and Ike, a white with brown spots Chihuahua, we set about solving the crimes of “Who Stole Mrs. Robin’s Egg” and “The Case of the Missing Strawberry Pie”. Today, I live in Iowa with my favorite sidekick, Mouse, a tiny teacup chihuahua and together we solve even bigger mysteries.
I’ve been writing since before I knew my ABCs. I scribbled on brown paper bags and those scribbles were my stories. The stories in my head were created constantly. It was a long time before I would discover everybody did not have stories running around inside their brains at any given moment. A snippet of conversation or a newspaper article would send a spark of an idea to my brain and the story would be off and running. I could pass a car with a flat tire on the side of the road and wonder if there was a dead body inside the trunk. What if some sniper had shot out the tire because they had been following the killer and knew the body was inside that trunk? What if? What if? What if?
When I saw my name in print for the first time, on a book I had written, it was the greatest feeling in the world to me. Every time I see my books on a shelf in the book store, I get that same feeling. It’s wonderful!
My favorite mystery writers are Edgar Alan Poe, Alfred Hitchcock and Agatha Christie for some of the older ones, and Mary Higgins Clark, Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton, J.A. Konrath and Stephen King for newer models.Who helps me solve mysteries today? It’s none other than my sidekick, Mouse, the little Diva of Doggies.