She often works out tricky plot points while walking off the enchiladas.She lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is either playing with her children, working on her next novel, or admiring beautiful shoes she can’t wear.
She turned to writing fiction after a successful acting career and her first novel, Dating Dead Men, won the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards.
I was so intrigued by the idea of a greeting card shop owner. Somewhere along the way I realized that Wollie wasn’t simply a proprietor of a card shop, she had an artistic soul, and designed cards too.
DPL: What skills does Wollie possess that make her a crime-solving wizard? She has no physical courage, no athletic ability, knows/cares nothing about guns, doesn’t drive well enough for the car chases, can’t throw a punch, doesn’t watch enough TV, can’t lie, can hardly bring herself to jaywalk, and at 6’, attracts too much attention for undercover work.
DPL: Where did you come with the idea for a greeting-card-writing sleuth?
HJK: My best friend from 4th grade, Sharon Samek, wrote me some years back, telling me that while I was in Hollywood pursuing my acting dreams, she was back in Lincoln, Nebraska, opening Sharon’s Hallmark Shop.