- What inspired you to write this book?
I love mysteries – Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky, Marcia Mueller, Dorothy Sayers, Deborah Crombie, Louise Penny, and on and on and on. I really wanted to write a strong, independent woman character and I had a perverse desire to revisit my boarding school, where, like Ricky, I was not always happy, but where I met lifelong, wonderful friends.
- What can we expect from you in the future?
Many new Ricky Steele mysteries and Roger and Bess mysteries! Also a sequel to my mystery Jigsaw in the next year or two! And, of course, lots more romances in the Morgan’s Run series and the spin-off series Morgan’s Fire.
- Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in (Prepped to Kill)?
Teachers, administrators, friends, and neighbors. All of my books explore family and friends and the support they give in times of crisis.
- How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
Life and lots of make-believe!
- Where did you come up with the names in the story?
I wanted Ricky (real name Dorothy) to have a name that might be considered male or female. The rest of the names popped into my head as I typed.
- What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
Ricky’s wonderful spirit, her sense of humor and her integrity. She is a loyal friend and she never gives up!
- How did you come up with the title of your first novel?
Combined the names of the characters—Asamaran (never published).
- What is your favorite part of this book and why?
When Ricky and her friends break and enter a suspect’s house are chased by Sarge, a giant “horse dog.”
It’s scary, heart-stopping and somehow funny all at the same time.
- Convince us why you feel your book is a must-read.
It’s escapist fiction. A fun read with strong, memorable characters and it has sequels!
- If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
- What did you edit out of this book?
Any nonsense or lofty prose I could find.
- Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why? Sue Grafton (alas she is gone…) and Louise Penny. I greatly admire both of them. I began writing the Roger and Bess mysteries a decade before Penny’s Still Life came out, but there is a kindredness there, that crosses time and space.