I've often wondered what it is about a good mystery that seems to capture my soul. After all, I'm not overly fond of puzzles or even mystery games. But I can spend hours lost in the twists and turns of a good mystery novel, TV show or movie. Perhaps it's the anticipation of the ultimate surprise ending. Or, the intellectual challenge of following the trail of clues. What I do know is that I require interesting and believable characters and a storyline that engages me. And that's how I write.
No surprise there. I spent 35+ years as a nonprofit executive, writing to persuade people to support the cause(s) I held dear. I also teach 'story craft' through a local community college and have a freelance writing business (Lil Dog Communications) where I strive to help small businesses and nonprofits strengthen their messaging to attract new customers, donors and clients. It seems my soul is hooked on spinning stories to benefit others.
Now, I write for you.
My two dogs, Mango and Gracie, who are the inspiration for Mickey and Minnie in the Old Maids of Mercer Island mysteries.
ABOUT THE DOGS IN MY NOVELS
I love dogs. No. That's an understatement. I care about dogs more than many people I know. I not only have two dogs of my own (a cat, too!) but I foster rescue dogs. So, there are often three dogs (and a cat) in my home. I'm really good at watching where I walk.
When I began writing, I decided to include a dog as a main character in my novels whenever I could. So far, I've succeeded. A German Shepherd named Soldier in Grave Doubts. A Basset Hound named Grosvenor in the Giorgio Salvatori mysteries. And two miniature Dachshunds named Mickey and Minnie in the Old Maids of Mercer Island mysteries.
I believe 'my dog characters' provide not only a human quality to my stories (yes, I said that), but an added richness and depth. I hope you agree.
ABOUT THE SOCIAL ISSUES I EXPLORE
After spending so long in the nonprofit world, it's second nature to think in terms of exploring how to solve social problems. When I began Inn Keeping With Murder, the first book in the Old Maids of Mercer Island mysteries, I decided to use sex exploitation and black market adoption as the crimes someone might kill for. And then at the back of the book, I chose to use the book as a platform to give a call to action (CTA) so that others might consider lending a hand. When fans reacted positively, I decided to do it again, and again, exploring mental health, child abuse and bullying. In the upcoming third book in the Giorgio Salvatori mysteries, I come down hard on the cruelty of dog-fighting.
I believe whole-heartedly in the strength of the community that comes together to make a difference. I hope you will appreciate this aspect of my writing and explore how you might join a cause you believe in.
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