What inspired you to write this book?
The essence of the main character (Luna Garza) came to me in a dream. That had never occurred in my writing career. Once I began to develop her personality, the rest followed.
What are you working on now?
The first seven books in the series are being released this spring. I am currently working on number 10.
How did you come up with the concept and/or characters for the book?
I knew I wanted to write a mystery with supernatural elements. Once I realized that the main character was going to be a Nancy Drew, I knew the best setting would be a historical place/town. That kind of history is a wellspring for creativity.
Tell us about your main character.
Luna Garza, a tween growing up in small-town Ohio. Mysteries seem to find Luna and she can’t help but get pulled into solving them.
Tell us about the research you did before writing this book.
Research varies with each book in the series. Once the story is captured in outline form, I devote research time any historic elements that require accuracy.
Tell us three things we’d find if we looked under your heroine’s bed?
--a pair of new slippers
--her older and much-worn favorite slippers that she can’t seem let go
--a cookbook titled “Best Meatballs from Around the World” that she needs to return to the library
What are you reading?
Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell
Tell us about a book that stayed with you long after you finished reading it.
Did anyone’s writing inspire you to become an author?
Too many to count
Guilt pleasure… books you can’t get enough of?