I grew up in Texas, but lived and worked in New York for twenty years. Upon returning to Dallas, I found that I was enchanted and, at times, baffled by the rich cultural soup of my reclaimed city, with its cowboys and Confederate Army re-enactors standing toe-to-toe with wealthy bankers and society doyens. I knew that someday I’d want to write about this city of contradictions. The heroine of my new contemporary crime novel, THE DIME, was developed in part from my personal experiences with members of my family who are in law enforcement, and my growing admiration for the female police officers who are forced to confront "the way things are done in the South." It was immensely fun to develop a fearless female character who stands up for herself, and for all women, and to bring to life the sprawling, fractious city known to Dallas locals as Big D.