What inspired you to write a mystery novel?
John West, DURHAM, N.C.
I have always loved mysteries, from when I was 7 years old. The Hardy Boys, Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe. I always thought someday I'd love to write a murder mystery. The obvious way would have been to write about a weatherman who's an amateur sleuth, but that would be a little too obvious. I've made my hero a chef. The chef is African American, a little on the stocky side and bald. Which pretty much rules out Will Smith or Jamie Foxx playing me in the movie.