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Siblings Max and Mia Holmes, along with their good friend Morris and their flamboyant Granny Holmes, are known as The Crypto-Capers, a group of detectives who unravel crimes by solving cryptograms that criminals leave behind. This is the premise of a charming new children's mystery, The Crypto-Capers in The Case of the Missing Sock, by Renee Hand.
Renee was on hand to answer a few questions about her new book and her life as a published author.
Thank you for this interview, Renee. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
First, I would like to say, thank you so much for having me. It is a pleasure to be here. I have been writing for over 20 years. I have four books to my credit - two romance novels and two books for my children’s detective series. I am an award winning author and have won two awards, one Best Book Award and one National Literary Award for best romance. I am married and have two children.
Do you write full-time?
No, I write part time. I usually write in the early morning or late at night. I do take breaks to recharge my brain.
At what point in your life did you make up your mind you were going to become a published author?
When I was in high school I made a promise to myself that I was going to be an author one day. I got to a point in my life where I had read literally hundreds of books and I started getting very picky about what I was reading and how it was written. So, I began writing stories the way I wanted to read them, with lots of action, character-driven plot with relatable characters, and meaning. Whatever I write and do always has some kind of meaning. That is how my career started.
What is your favorite book at the present?
My favorite book is The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux