Writing is hard, and even when I have the time, I’d rather fold laundry or check e-mail. I’m not one of those people who’s mesmerized by her own words and forgets to eat. What makes me sit down and work on a story is the certainty that it won’t be told if I don’t tell it. I’m always thinking of the reader and her experience as she reads my words. Is she entertained? Will she stay up past her bedtime to read just one more chapter?
My mystery novels Cold Feet and Cold Heart feature Stella Lavender, a NC State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent who’s assigned to undercover drug work but would prefer to work homicide. There’s humor, small town closed-room mystery, suspenseful police work, and enough tension to keep the reader turning pages. I call them “soft-boiled” — no excessive violence or gore, but believable characters, twists and turns.
Restless Dreams is a collection of about ten-years-worth of previously published stories. There’s a mix, from mystery to humor, from dark to light. Nearly all are about women whose lives are imperfect, not what they dreamed of when they were young. She’s a cop, a mom, a saleswoman, nanny, teacher, hairdresser, teen. None have it easy, but they don’t give up their restless dreams of a more perfect life.