Traveling secretary Hattie Davish is returning to her once-quiet hometown, where a deluge of deadly secrets leaves her feeling anything but welcome…
When her good friend Virginia Hayward’s father passes away, Hattie Davish rushes to her hometown of St. Joseph, Missouri. She’s looking forward to visiting the place where she grew up, even if the circumstances bringing her there are bleak. But upon her arrival, she learns that all is not well in St. Joe. Virginia is cold and distant, Frank Hayward’s death is shrouded in mystery, and a string of troubling incidents have descended on Hattie’s alma mater, Mrs. Chaplin’s School for Women. Frank was the school’s bookkeeper, and as Hattie begins investigating the bizarre goings-on, she becomes convinced that someone other than Frank was in the casket—but who? Her search for the truth takes her from the town cemetery, to the home of an infamous outlaw, to the dungeon-like tunnels beneath the State Lunatic Asylum—and brings her face-to-face with a killer bent on the deadliest lesson of all…
1) What is your writing area like?
I work in the room in our house we call “The Library” using an antique wooden card table as a desk. Books are usually everywhere!
2) What is your favorite part of the writing process? Your least favorite?
I really like the editing part. It’s at this stage everything I do makes the story better. It’s very satisfying. I really dislike writing the first draft. REALLY dislike it…
3) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Beside spending time with family, I love to travel, bake, read and work on my ever needy 19th century farmhouse.
4) Do you have any interesting writing quirks?
I don’t know if it’s a quirk but when I write a first draft I leave lots of notes in brackets to myself for when I’m editing. Since writing and editing use different sides of the brain, I try to keep them separate. It would only slow down my creative process if I had to stop frequently (and with historical details to look up, I would stop very frequently). An example would be a word or phrase that I question is appropriate for my story’s time frame. While I’m writing, I would use the word but put it in brackets notifying my future self to look it up.
5) What would you be doing if you weren’t an author?
I actually have worked in academia as a biologist and a librarian (and sometimes both at the same time!). But then I chose to be a stay at home mom. So if I wasn’t an author, I’d probably have more time to spend with my daughter until she got sick of me. Then I’d probably go back to working at the university.
This or That:
Sweet or Sour? SWEET
Water or Soda? SPARKLING WATER
Milk or Dark Chocolate? DARK CHOCOLATE!!!!
Physical book or e-book? PHYSICAL
Facebook or Twitter? FACEBOOK
Chips or Pretzels? PRETZELS, ESPECIALLY SOFT
Pen or Pencil? PEN
Beach or Mountains? BEACH
Wow that was easy! Thanks so much!
About the Author
As a librarian and information specialist, Anna Loan-Wilsey tracks down information every day that helps to solve mysteries. She is currently working on her next book in the Hattie Davish Mystery series. She earned her B.A. at Wells College and had several poems published in their literary magazine, The Chronicle. Readers can visit her website at www.annaloanwilsey.com.