Dead Letters is the next Claudia Rose book, and part of it takes place in Egypt. I’ve always been fascinated with Ancient Egypt. It probably started when my cousins went to live there and brought back a fez. Or maybe it was from a past life. After all, I have been told by psychics that I was a scribe. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Handwriting analyst, mystery writer…
Who is Monica Bennett?
If you are familiar with my Forensic Handwriting series, you’ll know that Monica is Claudia Rose’s teenage niece. She’s the innocent foil to her friend Annabelle’ darker personality–Snow White and Rose Red, as Claudia calls them. In Dead Letters, Monica gets her turn at the forefront when she goes on an archeological dig and disappears.
Monica’s dad, Pete, has his own big problem when he’s arrested for a crime he did not commit. That means he can’t go to Egypt to rescue his baby girl, so of course, Claudia must go in his stead.
Friends and family know what to give me for birthdays and Christmas, and I haunt the new age shops and eBay for statuettes and copies of other artifacts. I admit it, I’m an Egypt junkie. The photo below shows two shelves in my living room–not the entire collection, mind you.
I’ve never been to Egypt but this handsome dude, my younger son, Ben, (aka “Stoli” the rock star), has performed in Cairo. Doesn’t he look like a pharaoh? I’m not as brave as Claudia, traveling to the middle east in these difficult times. But between Ben, my editor, Ellen Larson, who used to live there, and several other friends who are intimately acquainted with this amazing country, plus my own driving need to do it justice, I believe I can make Dead Letters work.