I started writing mysteries to share unforgettable stories from my back-to-the-land experience in the North Carolina mountains. I've kept writing them because of my readers. They tell me they love the characters, especially Abit Bradshaw. He first showed up in a supporting role, but I listened and gave him a starring role in the rest of the series. Then came Astrid Holt in Welcome the Little Children and more recently Wallis Harding in Murder Ballad Blues and Baldy in Deep in the Forest. Oh, really, there are too many good characters to list—you'll have to see for yourself!