C. A. Pack

Musings & Brainstorms & Rants

August 2014

My Inspiration: Nancy Drew

One of the reasons why I became such an avid reader (and now, writer) is Nancy Drew, teen detective. I read every single book my library carried in that series and switched to the Hardy Boys when I ran out of Nancy Drew mysteries to read.

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The books have been modernized over the years, but the original books were noted for having an edgier teen heroine with a lot of attitude.

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I just saw a first edition of the first Nancy Drew mystery, The Secret of the Old Clock, on Ebay and honestly considered bidding on it, but the book was in such bad condition I let it pass. Still, someday I hope to buy a similar early edition of Nancy Drew and put it on my bookshelf right next to my first editions of Thorne Smith's Topper and Topper Takes a Trip. If you read my book
Evangeline's Ghost, you know I like to write about ghosts, as well as teenage female heroines, like Johanna Charette in the Library of Illumination series.

Publishing Road Map

I saw this Publishing Map on
www.yahighway.com and loved it so much, I’m reprinting it here for you to enjoy.

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