| I always wrote; my first story was published in the magazine The American Girl when I was 11.
| I'm a daydreamer.
| Write what you care about.
| I thought it was time for a tough, smart, likable female private investigator, and that's how VI came to life.
| I wish I could remember where I put things. I spend half my life looking for my keys. With the other half I look for my glasses.
| I'm very honoured that there is a loyal following and I hope it continues.
| Around the time I turned 30, I wanted to publish a novel.
| Sometimes I think I'm a one-trick pony because I'm not very inventive about new ways of telling stories.
| Most people don't have the money to spend on advertising to create awareness among readers, nor do they have the contacts at newspapers or magazines to get their books reviewed.
| It took me nine months to write 60 pages. It was very frustrating.
| The best source for finding an agent is called Literary Agents of North America. It's a complete list of agents, not only by name and address, but by type of book they represent and by what their submission criteria are.
| I live and die with the Chicago Cubs.
| People have less privacy and are crammed together in cities, but in the wide open spaces they secretly keep tabs on each other a lot more.
| I'm lucky in having found the perfect partner to spend my life with.
| I grew up in conservative rural Kansas in the 1950s when it was expected that girls would not have a life outside the home, so educating them was a waste of time.
| White-collar crime gets more outrageous by the second in America.
| You get weird and unsettling behaviour in the country.
| My parents were liberal intellectuals but even they expected me to stay at home and look after my younger siblings and do the housework.
| I realised I'd never climb Everest but thought I could still write a book.
| Capo, my first golden retriever, so loved to swim she once jumped off a cliff to get into Lake Superior.