Six months ago I'd started to think about the plot for Canyons. I knew I wanted Mae to get recognized for her contribution to the booming economy in Normal, but also have to put the continuing success in trouble...meaning a murder that makes tourists think twice about going there for vacation, which is what gives Mae the motivation to want to save the town...yet again!
I also knew that I wanted Mae to be asked to teach a class with an honorary degree because she didn't LOVE school when she was a child. I thought this would be great to bring in to tie her past to the present.
That's when I decided she had to go to the high school. BUT....what would be a big scandal for a teacher to get murdered?
I had to dig back to 30 years ago when I was graduating high school and try to think what the teachers really put stake into...THE ACT!
That's how I got the idea to use the ACT and cheating on the ACT. I clearly remember someone who paid a kid to take the ACT and they got away with it. I used that experience to plot the book.
You can imagine my surprise and giddiness I had when the big ACT scandal broke a couple of weeks ago! I just couldn't believe it!!! It was crazy!!
But I hope you take a chance and read A CAMPER AND CRIMINALS COZY MYSTERY SERIES. Each book can be read as a stand alone and I know you're going to LOVE Mae!!