Tell us about yourself.
One unusual thing--I like to say I have the world's largest toddler. That "toddler" is a 135-pound Great Pyrenees who really does act like a big baby! He thinks he's a lap dog (like in the Caesar's dog food commercials).
Anyway, it's a good thing that I have the "toddler" because my boy/girl twins are leaving the nest on me this year! They've been terrific students, have such a bright future ahead, and I'm so proud of them...but I have to admit that I've had to come to terms with untying those apron strings. Let's amend that: I'm coming to terms with it... s l o w l y! :D
How did you come up with the title of this book?
Actually, my first title suggestions contained the word kilim: Kilim with Kindness or Kilim Me Softly or something like that. However, my publisher was concerned that the word wasn’t familiar enough for everyone to get the joke, so we went with Thread End.
What are you working on now?
What is your next project? I've just sent the first draft of Wicked Stitch, the next book in the embroidery mystery series, to my editor. In Wicked Stitch, Marcy and the gang participate in a Renaissance Faire. I'm also working on a new novella in the Myrtle Crumb mystery series written under the name Gayle Trent. The novella is titled Soup...er...Myrtle and the story focuses on Myrtle's attempt to discover who's stealing people's identities at the soup kitchen where she's volunteering.
How did you begin writing?
I began writing as a teenager. It was my junior year of high school, and I took a creative writing class. We’d read a story and then write a similar story. We wrote a satire, a western, a mystery, etc. It was such fun! Then during my senior year, I took Creative Writing II, and we did a lot of improvisation on stage. It was helpful for learning to think on my feet! (However, I do suffer from that dilemma they explored on Seinfeld once where you think of the perfect comeback to an insult hours or days after the experience!)
What Authors have inspired you and what authors do you like to read?
I don't want to leave anyone out--and I'm sure I will--but I love reading Dean Koontz, Jeffrey Deaver, Mary Higgins Clark, Brad Meltzer, Duffy Brown, Larissa Reinhart, Jude Deveraux, Victoria Holt, Caroline Keene, Harlan Coben, Lori Foster, Thomas Hardy, Arthur Conan Doyle, F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Brontes, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe.... There are just so many!
Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers.
Thank you!!!! Thanks to you, the embroidery mystery series is still going strong. In fact, THREAD END (Book #7) got a "Top Pick" review in June's RT Book Reviews magazine! I truly appreciate your spending time in Tallulah Falls with Marcy, Ted, Sadie, Blake, Vera, Todd, Manu, Reggie, and, of course, Angus! We love you and appreciate your support and encouragement.
If you could have a dinner party with 6 of your favorite authors, living or dead, who would they be?
Dean Koontz, Mary Higgins Clark, Jude Deveraux, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, and Charles Dickens.