Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
Well, um, let’s see, my most recent published book is Sweetheart Deal, and I got my inspiration for that from reading a story in the Cairo Messenger, the biweekly newspaper from Grady County, GA. The newspaper article was outlandish, but sad, which, bottom line, is true about most Southern Gothic stories. So I wove that Southern Gothic element into my legal mystery series and came up with Sweetheart Deal. That said, my most recent manuscript, Wayward Girls (now in the hands of my new agent) is coauthored with Penny Koepsel, Ph.D., a psychologist. We were inspired to write it while comparing notes and stories at an all-class reunion of the dysfunctional boarding school we both attended as teens. One of us said, “We ought to write a book.” So we did. However, our manuscript quickly evolved from our “Trouble with Angels” kind of personal hi-jinks stories into something very dark and inspired by a true story arising out of multiple tragedies at a wilderness school for delinquents in Texas. Regardless of inspiration, Wayward Girls is totally fiction.