1. How old are you?
Old enough to remember grunge, young enough to have missed disco. That's the long answer for: in my forties.
2. How long have you been a writer?
About fifteen years. I started writing short mysteries, so I could learn to be a better writer. But I loved that so much, I never really stopped. Aside from writing books for kids, I also write short stories and sometimes articles for newspapers.
3. What's your favorite book?
Oh, there are too many to mention! This is the hardest question... I really liked Spy School by Stuart Gibbs, Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein, Wishtree by Katherine Applegate, Holes by Louis Sachar... I could go on for a while. And I love getting book recommendations, so send me an email if you've read a book you think I should read!
4. What are your hobbies?
I live in Colorado, which is a good thing because I love to hike. I also like to do DIY around the house, work in my garden, and go to museums. I love to learn new things; I'm always looking for new book ideas.
5. Any advice for aspiring writers?
Read a lot! The best writers read like crazy. It's how you learn to get better. Keep writing, and don't be afraid to mess up. You can always edit to make it better.
My cat Apollo, "helping" me write...
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This is me, happily drawing with my crayons
As you can see, I was very happy that I got a shirt with my name on it (when your name is Fleur, that's basically impossible to find).
I grew up in the Netherlands (you can look up where that is on the map), where I spent my childhood riding my bike, catching tadpoles, and reading Pippi Longstocking and Roald Dahl books. I loved to read, and I loved to draw, too. My very favorite book was The BFG by Roald Dahl. I would read under the covers well past my bedtime, secretly hoping for the BFG to knock on my window. After reading everything in my library's kid department (there was no YA at the time--yes, I'm that old), I moved on to Agatha Christie books. And my love for mysteries was born.
But somewhere along the way (around my high school years), I sort of lost the passion for reading. It wasn’t until I was given a paperback thriller many years later that I caught the reading bug again. After reading many, many mysteries and thrillers, I decided to try my hand at writing (I was pretty bad at it at first, 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!
I’m fascinated by history, and love looking for nuggets to use in my books. The Double Vision trilogy is full of historical facts, like Leonardo da Vinci's love for animals, and George Washington's secret life as a master spy during the Revolutionary War.
I've been fortunate enough to travel all over the world, and I love to use setting in my mysteries. Places like Colorado, Paris, and Biloxi, Mississippi are so rich, they're practically characters in the stories I write. I hope readers can enjoy these places the same way I have.
I now live in a small town in Colorado that's just perfect for a mystery... My husband, two daughters, five cats and two dogs (and two guinea pigs--yes, we really have that many pets) keep me grounded and inspired.