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About Sally Carpenter
I was born in and grew up in Southern Indiana, but now live in Southern California. While I was working on a master's degree in theater at Indiana State University, two of my plays were regional finalists in the American College Theater Festival's one-act play competition. One play, "Star Collector," was eventually produced in NYC and the characters became the basis for my Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol series.
I also have a black belt in tae kwon do and a master's degree in theology.
I've worked as an actress, jail chaplain, college writing instructor and tour guide/page for a motion picture studio. I'm a member of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles.
My Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol cozy mystery series was inspired by The Beatles, The Monkees and those goofy spy/detective/action-adventure TV shows of the '60s and '70s.
The first Sandy book, "The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper," was a 2012 Eureka! Award finalist for best first mystery novel. "Beatlemaniac," revised second edition, is back in print.
Sandy appears in three other books: "The Sinister Sitcom Caper," "The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper" and "The Quirky Quiz Show Caper," all published by Cozy Cat Press.
But wait, there's more! I've launched a new retro-cozy series, The Psychedelic Spy mysteries, with "Flower Power Fatality," set in 1967 in Yuletide, Indiana. Far out! The follow-up, "Hippie Haven Homicide," reunites our intrepid amateur spy Noelle McNabb with the groovy agent Destiny King.
I have short stories in three anthologies: "Faster than a Speeding Bullet" in "Plan B: Omnibus"; "Dark Nights at the Deluxe Drive-In" in "Last Exit to Murder"; and "The Puzzling Puppet Show Caper" (another Sandy Fairfax mystery) in "Cozy Cat Shorts."
I wrote chapter 3 in the group mystery "Chasing the Codex" by Cozy Cat Press.
To atone for killing people on paper, I pen the Roots of Faith column for the Acorn Newspapers (www.theacornonline.com).
For 18 years I've been feeding and spoiling black cats, but am currently catless. Hopefully that will change in the near future.
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Original stories by: Avril Adams, Lynn Allyson, Julie G. Beers, Laura Brennan, Stephen Buehler, Bonnie J. Cardone, Sally Carpenter, L.H. Dillman, Beverly Graf, Andrew Jetarski, Miko Johnston, Nena Jover Kelty, Paul D. Marks, Donna May, Laurie Stevens, Eric Stone.
Here’s a different kind of book: This cozy mystery was written by 24 of Cozy Cat Press’s 40-some authors, with each author penning their own individual chapter or chapters. How did we make this happen? Easy! We started at the top of the alphabet with Amy Beth Arkawy and moved down the alphabet through Diane Weiner (with a few detours along the way). None of the authors had any idea where the next author would take the story; they only knew what they wanted to do with the characters and the plot in their own chapter. We think you’ll find the results amazing––and exciting! So, be prepared for quite a ride, as we go CHASING THE CODEX!