I am an award-winning author of more than 70 books written over a 25-year career. Almost every one of those books, whether for children, teens or adults has featured either humour, mystery or both. So, it’s kind of no surprise that I finally got around to writing in one of my absolute favourite genres – cozy mysteries! I always wanted to and I can’t believe it took me so long!
I’m a sucker for a puzzle of any kind. They draw me like metal filings to a magnet. And for me, the mystery novel is a puzzle that I adore – and try to solve before the author reveals all. This love of mystery has always had a solid place in my preferred reading habits. The Bobbsey Twins and Nurse Cherry Ames were favoured Christmas and birthday gifts when I was a kid – and always the first on my wish lists. Someone gave me some old Trixie Belden books and so they were cherished as well. In between times I used to sneak my grandmother’s romance novels. She got them delivered every month – much to my mother’s disgust. ☺
But then at about 13 or 14 I discovered Agatha Christie – and a lifetime love affair was born. Like Christie, I’m fascinated by human nature and the things – like greed, lust, revenge, jealousy, a desire for power and the need to protect secrets – that drive ordinary people to commit crimes.
But analysis aside – the most important thing is the story and the fun to be had as we try to find the correct path between real clues and red herrings.
And that’s what I hope you’ll find in my books. A few hours of entertainment that also gets the old gray cells jiggling about, and maybe a smile or two thrown in for good measure.
If I’m not writing or with the bambinos, I’m probably baking or reading (of course) or walking. We’re blessed to live a few minutes drive from the ocean on one side and the lake on the other, plus there’s a bush walking track just couple of hundred steps from my door – so I walk all those places a lot. Love walking… Occasionally I kayak – I’d love, love to do more but I don’t have my own kayak at the moment. I also love crafting – as most creative people do – but I’m ashamed to say my ambitions often exceed the result. Still, it’s such fun to try, right? ☺ That’s what I tell myself.
I sincerely hope you enjoy my stories – they’re written with you in mind. You, the clever reader who’s looking for a story with a little bit more.
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