The idea for Spy Goddess came to me one day when I saw a commercial on television about a school you could attend to become a private investigator. I thought it was interesting that you could go to PI HIGH as I immediately dubbed it, and the idea kicked around in my brain for a little while. I had many ideas for novels before I wrote Spy Goddess but no one ever told me that you couldn’t get by with just a plot or setting. No, a novel has to have many different parts like characters, words, punctuation and other stuff. I had none of those things yet.
Then one day this character Rachel Buchanan appeared to me in my imagination. I saw her immediately: what she looked and sounded like, what her background was and her voice came to me like a gust of wind. I decided that I was going to take Rachel and send her to this school and see what happened. Only instead of a Private Investigator school I made it a school for spies because… well… why not? I like spies.
After that it was like a movie screen turned on in my head and I just wrote down what I saw. Sometimes I couldn’t get the words out fast enough. I love this character and I can’t wait to write more of her adventures.