- "Fiona jumped right up there on my list of favorites!" - Renee Bremer
- "Another winner in a new genre from my favorite author." - Surfinloui
- "...one of the few authors I can buy immediately without even reading a synopsis or review beforehand." - Michelle Kennedy
From the Author
Funny how years passed in my own small town life, time spent learning my craft in ways that I hadn't intended--as a journalist, a screenwriter, an improv actor and a hair stylist--telling stories became commonplace and a part of my life even though the dream of being a writer hadn't yet come to pass.
When I found YA through my niece and her love for Harry Potter, I realized I'd been writing the wrong things all along. That the Nancy Drew mystery about a young woman daring to take chances was the kind of heroine I was meant to write about. And, through that understanding, woke Sydlynn Hayle and the rest, as they say, is the Hayle Coven Universe (forty-two published books and growing).
But the mystery side of things took a little longer to explore. Though most books have a mystery to them of some kind, designing a whodunit hadn't crossed my mind.
Until a pilot for a TV show I'd been working on popped up in my documents and I remembered how fun it was to write a police procedural based on a fictional city filled with paranormal creatures. The Nightshade Cases were born.
But something still didn't feel right. They are dark and full of the kind of nasty things that people do to each other while embracing all things supernatural. Don't get me wrong, I love them. I think, though, from reader reactions, they weren't expecting that kind of cussing, stomping and hard-assed action compared to my YA works.
Fair enough! But I've hated to abandon the mystery writing idea all together.
When Fiona Fleming started talking not so long ago, I listened. Here was the kind of mystery I could not only sink my teeth into, the cozy mystery genre had the kind of lighthearted fun and strong female sleuth I was looking for while staying on the giggle inducing and enjoyable side of the characters I love to write while trying something totally new--no paranormal. Not to mention the chance to write about my favorite canine companion. Petunia is based on my pair of adorable and hilarious pugs, Jelly Bean and Lula Bug.
I hope you've enjoyed the first book in Fee's series. There are twelve more to come and, as I explore this genre further, I have a feeling there will be more from other voices.
I'm just having too much fun killing people off not to keep going.