by Carol Norton
Maybe Mrs. Mitchell had been kidnapped, maybe killed, or maybe she had just run away from her husband. Maybe someone had dug up Mr. Haymer’s prize-winning tulips, just before Beautification Week out of jealousy, or maybe there was a body buried there. Maybe the man in the green car was a police stakeout, or maybe he was a bad guy casing the Mitchell house or worse, maybe he was watching them. Maybe if Deanie hadn’t stretched the truth a little, and maybe if Izzy hadn’t fallen for it like usual, they wouldn’t’ have landed in the middle of a dangerous mystery, but they did. And there were too many maybes.
When Carol Norton was seven years old, she wrote a story about her doll, Precious. She hid the paper inside a book and read it to her mother, pretending it was a published story. Her mother was completely fooled, of course, and said the story was the best one she had ever heard—and wasn’t it amazing that the book had a doll named Precious, just like Carol did! Thus encouraged, Carol decided to become a writer.
She was published briefly in high school and college publications, then put writing aside for the next twenty-five years to teach English in the public schools of four states, and then to teach gifted English with an emphasis on writing in Alabama, where she lives now. During this time she gravitated toward young teens as her subject matter because of their humor, their heart, and their habit of constantly getting into and out of impossible situations.
After retiring from the classroom, she completed three novels before she settled down to writing mysteries for teens with The Locksmith Series. Today, she spends her writing time in the mythical town of Springville, creating dangerous crimes for her two main characters, Izzy and Deanie, to solve.