My writing career began in New Mexico with Tony Hillerman as my mentor—Tony wrote about the Navajo, and my first series involved Pueblo Indians. Having spent time on various reservations, I wrote what I knew about, and Tony answered all the dumb beginning writer questions I had and then some. What came out of that support was a series I was reluctant to put on the shelf.
But by then I’d tossed my two Schnauzers and four canaries into the SUV and moved to Florida. People marvel that I moved to the ocean without friends or family in the area but they forget I have wonderful friends who live in my head. I’m never alone. OK, maybe that’s a bit too weird, but you know what I mean.
Ben Pecos was one of those characters who has always demanded more page-time. My first “fictional child,” so to speak, will always be the favorite. And I’m writing about him again! Florida is rich with Native lore and as an Indian Health Services’ psychologist, Ben can move anywhere. So, as you can imagine I jumped at a chance to write him into new situations here. I’m currently hard at work on Under A Mulberry Moon.