- I write about female sleuths. How great is that? I’ve read detective novels since I was eight years old, starting with The Complete Sherlock Holmes. I read that one so many times the pages started falling out. Is it any wonder when I thought to write a mystery novel I came up with a female Sherlock and Dr. Watson?
- I never run out of ideas.
- I love solving puzzles … so of course, I love creating them in the form of a mystery novel.
- I write what I want to read. I always dreamed of a female Sherlock, and now she has come alive to me.
- I may as well love it, because I can’t stop writing about Shirley Combs and Dr. Mary Watson. Not only do I have a work-in-progress, which is the third in the series, but I started a short story, which has turned into the longest short story I’ve ever written and I’m not finished! When I do finish it, I will publish it as the prequel to The Hounding. So yay!
This so-called short story started out short, honest it did. I called it The Case of the Pittock Mansion, and was going to be about how Shirley trained Mary to be her assistant. Then Lt. Xio showed up, and I had to ask myself why. Of course he was there to ask Shirley to consult on a murder case (unrelated to the Pittock Mansion). This murder is based on Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet. Should I change the title? Do you have ideas? Please tell me if you do!