*What do you love most about mysteries and thrillers?
The edge of your seat feeling you get while reading through the pages to discover who done it.
*What’s it like writing your own?
Nerve wracking, but fun all at the same time using my imagination to bring my stories to life.
*How did you come up with the name Jean Stone for your story?
It came to me a few days after I began writing the book. Jean is my grandmother’s name, my mom’s middle name, and my mother in law’s name. I found out later that my grandmother’s last name, Raulston is derived from the ancestral version of Raulstone. It was meant to be.
*Can you tell us a little more about the setting?
A small rural town in Texas at a local high school nestled in the piney woods. It has aspects of my hometown and many other places I lived around the state of Texas. Jean is a new high school science teacher who has found herself stuck in the middle of a mystery at Harmony High School.
*Why did you choose an amateur sleuth?
Jean finds herself in the middle of a mystery. Utilizing her educational background in forensics, she is able to put her skills to use. It is a way for self-discovery, here she sharpens her skills and learns as she goes.
*What makes her a good one?
Her passion, her desire for the truth and to save a student of hers from harm.
*What separates a decent mystery from a great one?
A decent mystery is either too slow in the story or not building enough anticipation to where it falls flat while a great one moves at a decent pace building up the momentum to knock your socks off!
*Who are your favorite mystery, crime writers?
Peter James, Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson
*What’s up next for you?
I have about 20 books outlined for the Jean Stone Crime Series, Book 2 is in storyboarding and Book 3 is in pre-production plus I am working on a young adult unnamed mystery series inspired by my daughter.
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