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Two Astrologers Chatting

When I started writing the Zodiac Mysteries, I didn’t know of Sunny Frazier and her astrologer protagonist, Christie Bristol.  But I was thrilled to discover someone else was writing another astrology mystery series.  Later, I found The Precious Pachyderm, by Karen Christino.  Yes, another astrology mystery!
Thanks to Kings River Life,  Sunny and I interviewed each other about mysteries, astrology and our protagonists.  Read on at Kings River Life to learn how we became fascinated with this subject!

 

Blue Astro Chart

San Francisco Detectives

I knew when I started writing the Zodiac Mysteries . . . well, let me backtrack . . . I knew even before I started working on this series that I wanted it to be set in San Francisco, a city of bright windy days, dank and foggy nights haunted by the baritone voices of the foghorns.  Lots of people think… Continue Reading

A Remarkable Woman

No, I’m not referring to my protagonist in the Zodiac Mysteries – Julia Bonatti — although she is a remarkable character and a very talented San Francisco astrologer who solves crimes.  I’m referring to Gladys Cox Hansen (June 12, 1925 – March 5, 2017).  A Gemini!  I’m sure Julia, the astrologer,  would appreciate that! If… Continue Reading

SOMA Streets

Julia Bonatti, my protagonist in the Zodiac Mysteries, is an astrologer and a native San Franciscan.  She was born there, grew up there and certainly knows quite a bit about the city’s history.  I’ve had to do a lot of research to to keep up with Julia.  She knows a lot, but more importantly, she’s… Continue Reading

City Lights

Julia Bonatti, my protagonist in the Zodiac Mysteries, is an astrologer who grew up in North Beach and is often found visiting The Mystic Eye, an occult shop and bookstore owned by her good friend Gale.  The Mystic Eye is right on Broadway and just around the corner is perhaps the most famous bookstore in… Continue Reading

Fog

When I first thought of writing the Zodiac Mysteries, featuring San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti, I knew that the city itself, its history, its atmosphere, its constantly changing faces should play a big part in Julia’s world.  And one of the most important features of San Francisco is its fog, especially where Julia lives on… Continue Reading

Spring Fling Blog Hop

March 20th ~ The Vernal Equinox is here! You might not think that’s such a big deal – not like the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year or the Winter Solstice, the shortest day, but the two equinoxes, vernal and autumnal, are just as important. Maybe I get excited about all this planetary… Continue Reading

Mystery on the Menu

The Mystery on the Menu luncheon at the Cerritos, California library on January 28, 2017 was a fantastic event!  Fifteen bestselling mystery authors appeared before a packed audience. Paul D. Marks was our moderator for the “Write What You Know, Write What You Don’t Know” with D.P. Lyle, Naomi Hirahara, Dave Putnam and myself. Of… Continue Reading

Winter Solstice

The winter solstice is a magical time. The shortest day and the longest night of the year has been celebrated in cultures the world over for thousands of years.  This year, 2016, it occurs on December 21st at 2:44 a.m. PST in the northern hemisphere of our planet as the Earth’s axis tilts furthest from… Continue Reading

My Visit with Shirley

I fell asleep last night reading a collection of Shirley Jackson’s recently published short stories and essays.  I woke up this morning, poured a cup of coffee, and went back to reading.  Blissful morning and the coffee helped.  Sans coffee, I might not have taken notice of a few facts about Shirley’s life.  I hope… Continue Reading