What she wrote:
And Then Everything Unraveled
And Then I Found Out The Truth
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I was a bit – okay, more like incredibly – nerdy as a child. I don’t know how much of that was cause and how much was effect, but either way, being a compulsive reader was part of the equation. I read all of the usual suspects, but here are some authors/books that I adored and which were also slightly less mainstream (at least, they seemed that way when I was growing up in Ohio):
Noel Streatfield: Ballet Shoes, White Boots (also titled Skating Shoes), Theater Shoes, and just about all of the other “Shoes” books. Girls with amazing talents, doing amazing things.
Madeline L’Engle: Her science-fictiony books like A Wrinkle in Time are wonderful, but I also loved her other books, particularly the Vicky Austin series. And all of her characters are connected across her books – I used to spend hours puzzling out who was related to who and how.
Elizabeth George Speare: Probably my first taste of historical fiction. The Witch of Blackbird Pond was a fabulous read, but I especially liked Calico Captive.
Lois Duncan: Before all of the vampires and witches and werewolves and faeries people are writing about today, Lois Duncan was exploring the eerie and unnatural in books like Locked in Time and Down a Dark Hall. Her straight suspense/thrillers, like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Killing Mr. Griffin were also fun.
The Trixie Belden series: These books were seriously corny, but I devoured them, and they have a lot to do with why I write mysteries. Much better than Nancy Drew!