Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and writer! I live in Houston, Texas the home of heat, humidity, horses, and Harleys. Currently I’m writing from FBI Houston solved cold cases, a thrill and a privilege.
I love what I do, developing characters and spinning plots to entertain, inspire and encourage readers. When I’m not writing, I’m mentoring new writers. In my free time, I spend time with my husband, cook, read, garden, and lavish attention on my three grandchildren.
Writing and teaching writing is my ministry, and I take it seriously.
This is your second series concerning a police force. What is your connection with the police force?
This series is about the FBI at work in Houston. I met the FBI media coordinator when writing my first FBI book. She read every word, made suggestions, and we became friends. When that book was finished, she suggested writing from solved cold cases from FBI Houston files. I was elated. There were so many to choose from, but I chose two that involved children.
The Chase - was the first book
The Survivor - is the second
What was your inspiration to write Crime Scene: Houston Series?
To show readers a snapshot of the FBI through their solving of solved cold cases. I massaged the facts, but the foundation is there. Both cases tore at my heart strings. My hero is a special agent, and my heroine is a suspense writer. Both are strong, independent people who are passionate about their careers—and have a nose for trouble.
How much of the Crime Scene: Houston Series comes from your personal experience?
I have to laugh here! The heroine is a suspense writer, and it’s the first time I’ve ever used so much about my life. She has a few quirks, and they’re similiar to mine. The hero is fictitious, a composite of what I wanted in a daredevil, Buzz LightYear, kind of FBI agent. He’s cute too.
How much research did The Survivor take?
Quite a bit. I read about the case online—every version I could find. Then I spent time with the FBI Houston media coordinator. What answers she didn’t know, she found for me by seeking out special agents who were knowledgeable in the area I needed help. I’ve emailed the real victim just to let her know that I was writing the novel. We plan to get together when the book is released.
What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing the Crime Scene: Houston Series?
1. The FBI needs community support. They are there to help and want the public to understand it’s all a team effort to prevent and solve crimes.
2. The courage of the young woman who was the victim of the solved cold case. She is amazing, incredible. Not only did she survive a horrible assault, she is an inspiration to all who’ve read about her story.
3. Researching my villain. I wanted his situation to be unpredictable, unexpected, and yet credible. I talked to psychologists, FBI agents, and a medical doctor.