I’ve never been asked this question, but now, with the publication of Dancing with a Dead Man, I want to tell you how the book came about.
Several years ago, there was a story in the newspaper about a woman going through the toll booths on the Sunshine Skyway up here in Tampa. Somehow, she hit a person who went through the windshield of her car.
And there was my “what if” moment.
I started writing the story that way, with Vicky’s grandmother being the woman in the car. That didn’t work, however.
So, after much ruminating, I moved the location to downtown Sarasota, which I know well, and changed the details of what happened.
Throw in the lost gold of the Confederacy….well that’s a story for another day.