Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in England, just south of London. Its influence? I learned to write when I was six and haven't stopped since then.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have lived in Montana for nearly 30 years and started reading about its history soon after my arrival. The traditional history books seem very one-sided and I decided it would be good to write a novel of people and events that could really have happened... and been interesting to today's reader.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Words have always intrigued me. I have loved them since before most of my readers were twinkles in anybody's eye and I love the power of words to tell facts and emotions.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans? If what I write gives pleasure and good thoughts to people, that's satisfaction enough.
What are you working on next?
A story of today's Montana. It's a mystery/thriller entitled Nobody's Justice.
Who are your favorite authors?
Martha Grimes, Peter Robinson, Steven Saylor.... Oh, dozens of them. I read about 100 books a year.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Walking, reading, gardening in the narrow time frame when it's possible in Montana, keeping in touch with my children, who live all over the country, and enjoying people.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
For publication? It was surely a children's story, with a little fantasy and a lot of humor.
What do you read for pleasure?
Nowadays I read mostly mystery stories, but I've enjoyed many, many books of different categories.
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