Judy Nichols lives in Wilmington, North Carolina (lucky gal) although she spent most of her life living in and around Cincinnati, Ohio, living in both small towns and in the city. She makes her home in the South, but will always be a Midwesterner at heart. Although two of her books take place in the south, they are written from the point of view of outsiders. In Tree Huggers, the protagonist is from Ohio, and Ian Dodge, the sleuth in Sportsman’s Bet, is a British ex-pat, living in rural North Carolina.
Welcome to the blog, Judy. Take it from here.
I tend to keep ideas in my head until I start on a book. Then I create what I call a story map, which has a list of the characters and what they’re like, their backgrounds, etc along with a synopsis of the plot. I refer back to it throughout the project. I don’t do outlines. After the agony of outlining chapter after chapter of my fifth grade history book, I swore I’d never do one again once I got out of school. And I haven't.