Murder most foul!
I’ve always loved
that opening to the show Murder, She Wrote. It’s both descriptive and to
the point—someone (or maybe more than one) is murdered, the puzzle is set, and
the chase is on.
nothing better than a good murder mystery. I’ve been getting lost in them ever
since I started browsing through bookshelves in the library, or the local
bookstore, to pick out my own stories to read. Back then it was Trixie Belden,
the Hardy Boys, and of course my favorite, Nancy Drew.
It was after I
grew into Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, and Perry Mason, that true murder
was added to the puzzle, along with a sizable helping of adventure, a good
dose of suspense, and even a bit of romance. Once you pick up that mystery
novel, and open it to the first chapter, in the words of Sherlock Holmes, “the
game is afoot.” But between those pages, the stakes are high, as we, the readers, can become both the hunter and the hunted. And what I like, is that when I'm the author as well, I get to choose. Being a writer has always been my dream—one that started
back in high school. I always did like to write, but in my junior year, I took
a test that used to be called “a career interest” exam. It was designed to
match my answers against those of thousands of professionals in fifty or so
different fields, to discover which profession I shared the most common
interests with. On my results, the vast
majority (all but 3 as I recall), fell below 50%, but one score was way off to
the right, in the 94th percentile, and that was “writer/author”. Still, my journey to writing books was a long one. I did
do the practical thing and take a sensible job for many years because I had to support myself and my daughter. While it
wasn’t as enjoyable as it has been writing novels, it did teach me valuable
lessons in patience and perseverance, two qualities that are absolute “must
haves” if you want to write books. Today I am blessed to be able to write full-time, which
I do from my home office in the San Francisco Bay area (across the bay, in the
suburbs, where you raise kids). From
here I can easily go to the mountains for the perfect “relax and rejuvenate”
getaway, or sit on a beautiful beach, where I can plot murder while enjoying
some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet. And every day I give thanks
for you, who go with me on a hunt for a killer every time you open one of my
books. For that, I am truly grateful.