When Carol Norton was seven years old, she wrote a story about her doll, Precious. She hid the paper inside a book and read it to her mother, pretending it was a published story. Her mother was completely fooled, of course, and said the story was the best one she had ever heard—and wasn’t it amazing that the book had a doll named Precious, just like Carol did! Thus encouraged, Carol decided to become a writer.
She was published briefly in high school and college publications, then put writing aside for the next twenty-five years to teach English in the public schools of four states, and then to teach gifted English with an emphasis on writing in Alabama, where she lives now. During this time she gravitated toward young teens as her subject matter because of their humor, their heart, and their habit of constantly getting into and out of impossible situations.
After retiring from the classroom, she completed three novels before she settled down to writing mysteries for teens with The Locksmith Series. Today, she spends her writing time in the mythical town of Springville, creating dangerous crimes for her two main characters, Izzy and Deanie, to solve.
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Bad News Cruise
Their high school Spanish class is taking a cruise to Mexico and Izzy and Deanie gets involved in another mystery onboard ship.
Izzy and Deanie are back again in Locksmith series #3, Bad News Cruise.
Lies, Guys and Alibis
Izzy and Deanie are back again in the second in the Locksmith series. This time they must help Angela prove that she wasn't involved in the murder of the cute, new boy in town.
Too Many Maybes
Maybe Mrs. Mitchell had been kidnapped, maybe killed, or maybe she had just run away from her husband. Maybe Mr. Haymer’s tulips were just vandalized or maybe there was a body buried there. Maybe Deanie had a great imagination and maybe Izzy just wanted to open locked doors. But whatever the reasons, the girls fall into a life-threatening mystery that has too many maybes.
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