After having a family she decided to train for a different job, and went back to school to earn a PhD in operations research. Five years later, she took a job with a systems engineering consulting firm in the Boston area. After her youngest child graduated from college, she left her job, intent on a major life change, and moved to a small town in North Carolina where she opened a bed and breakfast. Harvard Extension offered a class in the short story, and she got hooked on the challenge of writing fiction.
A It’s my first published novel. An earlier one sleeps in a drawer. Cold Feet took two years to draft and revise, revise, revise. To get it in print took much longer.
A I couldn’t find any mysteries with an SBI sleuth, so I thought the SBI would be an original choice. Also, a main character who could travel anywhere in the state would give me more flexibility in sequels. I went through official channels and found someone to answer questions, but I didn’t talk with any working SBI agents until I read a newspaper article about a woman who’d recently retired from the SBI after 30 years. Very luckily, she’d worked undercover buying drugs! She gracefully answered many naive questions.
A The topic of marriage is fascinating in a novel – so much potential for conflict! Not only interpersonal conflict, but financial, cultural, legal. And weddings provide a perfect situation for a murder mystery. Lots of potential suspects because family, friends, and perhaps enemies are gathered in one place for a day or more. Feelings are heightened by memories, old secrets, newer struggles, and possibly unhappiness with this particular couple’s marriage. All the ingredients for a colorful emotional stew
disappearance. And there are plenty of drug dealers still to arrest.