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From the Author
For once in my life, I'm going to keep something short and sweet--this note to you. My editor will be amazed.
I am often asked how I came up with the title of this book, DANCE OF THE WINNEBAGOS.
Once upon a time, I was playing hangman at work with one of my coworkers,who is also a very talented artist (that has nothing to do with thisstory, but she really is amazing and I like to crow about her, even when not mentioning her name). It was her turn to come up with a word, andshe added a lot of spaces on the white board. After I landed twoconsonants and a vowel, the board looked like this:
T _ E _ _ _ N _ _ _ T _ E _ _ _ _ E _ _ _ _ _ E _
I was feeling pretty ambitious that day. I took one look at this puzzleand yelled, "The Dance of the Winnebagos!" (I know, the letters don'tmatch up--I've never done well in spelling bees.)
My coworker laughed, hung my poor stick man, and then wondered what in the heck The Dance of the Winnebagos was.
I said, "I don't know, but it would make a great book title, don't you think?"
This game of hangman kick-started my brain. A weekend of plotstorming withmy critique group fleshed out the story even more. Before I knew it, Ihad a fun cast, an intriguing mystery, and book that practically wroteitself.
After I finished it, this book caught the interest of my agent. It was also a finalist in the Pacific Northwest WritersAssociation Literary Contest. But being that it's a mix of genres (myusual style), my agent and I couldn't find a home for it with apublishing house. Now, years later, it will finally have its chance inthe spotlight, and I can't wait to share Claire's story with you.
I picked Arizona as the setting, because I lived there for a year andloved every minute of it. I picked a beagle to share the limelight withClaire, because I'm a fan of Snoopy.
For those of you who haveread my Deadwood Mystery series, you may remember that Claire Morgan isViolet Parker's childhood neighbor, as well as Natalie's cousin. HarleyFord is Natalie's grandfather, too.
And now, this short note has become a little long, so I'll wrap it up with a tip of my cowboy hat.
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Award-winning author of the Deadwood Mystery Series