I grew up in the Netherlands, where I spent my childhood riding my bike, catching tadpoles, and reading Pippi Longstocking and Roald Dahl books. My very favorite book was The BFG by Roald Dahl. I would read under my covers well past my bedtime, secretly hoping for the BFG to knock on my window.
But somewhere along the way (around my high school) years, I sort of lost the love for reading.
It wasn’t until I was given a paperback thriller many years later that I caught the reading bug again. Like so many reluctant readers, it was all about discovering the right kinds of books.
After reading many, many mysteries and thrillers, I decided to try my hand at writing (I was pretty bad at it, to be honest). It took a long time before some of my short mysteries started appearing in small press magazines, which encouraged me to keep writing. If you have writing aspirations, don’t give up!
My love for mysteries and thrillers sent me searching for children’s books in the genre, but I quickly discovered that there weren’t many titles that mirrored the great thrillers written for adults. After hearing parents wish there were more good books for reluctant (often boy) readers, I set out to write a fast-paced, exciting thriller written from a reluctant reader’s perspective—and Double Vision’s main character Linc Baker was born.
Photo by Sassy Skelton
Linc Baker really drives the Double Vision series: his quick wit and trouble-making skills turn out to be handy traits when you’re a temporary junior secret agent. I was able to use my experiences traveling to Paris to send Linc on a code-breaking chase across the city, showing its many amazing landmarks and rich history.
I’m fascinated by history, and love looking for nuggets to use in the Double Vision series, to prove that history holds lots of cool secrets. Double Vision: Code Name 711, the second book in the trilogy, takes Linc to Washington, D.C., where he has to uncover spy secrets dating back to the Revolutionary War to foil a plot against the U.S. president. The Double Vision series shows that history and thrillers go hand-in-hand.
I’m now working on Linc’s third adventure. I live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with my husband, two daughters, and too many cats.
Here are links to interviews and articles at various blogs:
International Thriller Writers
Writer's Digest's Guide to Literary Agents
Sleuths, Spies and Alibis
Suspense author Jenny Milchman's blog
Author Laura Golden's blog
Smack-Dab in the Middle blog
Lara Britt's blog
Author Donna Galanti's blog