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After writing insurance texts all day, I find it relaxing to spend time writing fiction, such as my mystery series about Dr. Fairchild, an Ohio religion professor who dabbles in odd events. Frequently I write about places I’ve never visited; I’m always surprised when I eventually do get there to find that it was just as I pictured. My research was correct!

In Valley of the Gray Moon, I wrote about a little Georgia town called Cohutta; it was so small I was certain no one would have ever heard of it. To my surprise, three weeks after the novel was published, Marla Maples made the news in some situation involving Donald Trump, and the media swarmed Cohutta looking for traces of Marla. Yikes! So I actually visited the place, and it was exactly as I’d described it.

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