Virginia Rose Richter

I am a writer of Middle Grade Mysteries for readers nine to thirteen. This book, "THE SECRET OF WILLOW LANE, is the first in a series of three books dubbed THE WILLOW LANE MYSTERIES. The second book of the series, "STRANGERS IN THE LANE", is now available on Amazon, B&N and SONY.

Book(s) By Virginia Rose Richter

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Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?


 I was raised in Nebraska, the setting for all the books that I write. I attended the University of Colorado, then graduated with a BA from Idaho State College with an emphasis in speech pathology. I received a MA from the University of Denver and practiced as a clinical audiologist for twelve years while raising four children. I graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver with a BA in music. After receiving that degree, I stayed at Metro and entered the English department, taking courses in writing with an aim to writing a mystery for children. That was one of my two goals, learning to play the piano and writing a mystery.


Describe your book ‘THE SECRET OF WILLOW LANE’ in 30 words or less.


THE SECRET OF WILLOW LANE  is a mystery for middle grade readers. When JESSIE HANSON AND TINA ADAMS,  two eleven-year-old amateur sleuths, spy a stranger in a neighbor's vacant mansion, they launch an investigation. What begins as an excuse to use their new detective kit turns into danger and sends the girls running for their lives.


What was the hardest part of writing your book?


The most difficult part of writing the book: (a) always maintaining Jessie's point of view (b) making sure there are no coincidences or gaps in the mystery-solving process (c) portraying the girls' personal growth during the story  (a requirement in books of this genre)


What books have had the greatest influence on you?


 In the beginning, as a child, The NANCY DREW mysteries were the first influence for writing mysteries. I graduated to every book DAPHNE DU MAURIER wrote, and especially loved REBECCA. As a freshman in college, THE WOMAN IN WHITE by WILKE COLLINS, was required reading and is considered the original forerunner of the present day mystery novel. I love all of the mysteries by JOSEPHINE TEY, RUTH RENDELL, GEOFFREY HOUSEHOLD, ELIZABETH GEORGE and SCOTT TURROW. Right now I am blazing through DANIEL SILVA'S books. I pretty much adhere to  'Read what you write' and I write mysteries


Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?


In marketing this book, I've followed the advise of John Locke's book on that subject. I have joined Twitter, BookBuzzr and Facebook. The local newspaper did a wonderful article on me and the book. I have a website linked to Amazon and Barnes & Noble for purchasing the book. I am about to write my first blog from the website.


How do you spend your time when you are not writing?


When I'm not writing, I practice the piano, attend to my rental properties, work in my yard, read, visit with friends and family. Right now I'm learning all I can about book promotion, a huge subject that requires extensive knowledge of computers. I'm taking notes, defining totally new terminology and scheduling  breaks between information overload.


What are you working on next?


The second mystery in this series, which I have dubbed THE WILLOW LANE MYSTERIES, will come out in November of this year. It is entitled STRANGERS IN THE LANE and features Jessie and Tina again. The third book, SHADOWS ON THE LANE, will come out in January 2012. I am also writing an adult mystery, LYING IN WAIT.

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