The next five or so blog posts will be about why I wrote the books I did. What was the motivation? Where did the idea come from? That sort of thing. I like reading about why authors write their books, what their inspiration was, etc. I hope you enjoy these next few posts.

Originally, Ricki was going to be a mystery series for kids about a backward boy named Ricky, and his dog Rumpus, from an unconventional family who wanted to be popular and solving problems for the kids at school was the only way he could think of to fit in. The idea came to me probably 7 to 10 years ago, I think. I can’t remember too many details at the time or why I gave up on the idea.

About thirteen years ago, I was volunteering at my local library and thought it would be a perfect setting for a mystery (yes, there were even two women named Grace working there). Since I was still writing for kids at the time and had never written for an adult audience before, I put it off until early 2016. Checked Out, the first book in the series, was originally written in first person point-of-view, revised to third person POV, published under a pen name, unpublished, rewritten back to first person, and republished under my own name.

In the second book, Wake Up To Murder, I wanted to explore a bit of Ricki’s personal life a little more. The storyline of her and Marty was too hard to pass up. To be honest, I like the second book better than the first.
With this series, I wanted to write a female sleuth who didn’t know what the heck she was doing and fumbled along through a mystery just as badly as she stumbled along through life. And, of course, she had to have a dog. Unfortunately, there isn’t much to say about these books. I wanted to write for an adult audience and this was the result. The books are meant to be a light, fun read with an easy to solve mystery. They’re not deep or layered with hidden meaning. They are strictly for entertainment.

Will I continue with them? I’m not sure what’s going on with me and writing these days. I have a third book outlined, but my heart and mind are all over the map. Maybe it’s because of the pandemic. I don’t know.

Why I Wrote Ricki Rydell