How did you decide to write a series featuring Josie?
The market for traditional mysteries featuring an amateur female detective who isn’t based in New York City, was strong. It was from that imperative that Josie’s character developed.
How would you describe Josie?
I would describe her as self-sufficient, self-contained, and independent.
There are weighty themes in the Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries—the importance of women being independent, the ethics surrounding whistle-blowing, even the Holocaust, yet the stories are traditional mysteries. Would you describe the books as light-hearted beach reads or serious novels?
Oh, I hope readers will find that the books to be fun, relaxing reads. But if they also convey serious ideas and encourage people to think about important topics in new ways, that would please me.
Reviewers have commented more than once that the Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries are like an Antiques Roadshow for mystery fans. Did you set out to write a mystery based on the PBS show?
Not at all! I’m thrilled and honored at the comparison, but it was completely unintentional. My inspiration for the books came from my own experiences. I owned and ran a rare book and antiques store in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for several years.
Is that where you learned about business? Or, like Josie, did you learn about business from your father?
I’ve learned about business from many sources, including my father. I earned an MBA at Babson College. And I have a great deal of respect for experienced practitioners—in all industries. I listen to and observe successful business people every chance I get. Running a business is an important sub-plot in the Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries. I think readers will enjoy following Josie’s progress as she works to grow her business.
It sounds as if you like business a lot, yet you’re a author. Do you prefer writing to business?
I find business fascinating, and I’m good at it, I think. I understand the fundamental concept—know your customers and offer them products and/or services that satisfy their needs and wants priced in such a way that you turn a profit. The truth is that I like both business and writing—and I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive. I’m still a professional meeting facilitator and corporate trainer.