Research for Annie Grace Kree Chronicles

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Manuela Witthuhn Dead?

When the phone rang, it was early on Saturday and the voice asked, “Have you heard about Manuela?” “No! What? She couldn’t have gotten fired already.” That response came from my “Friday memory” at the bank, which was also my last day to see Manuela or the others at that branch. I was transferring inland to another California office near my home in Canyon Lake. On Friday, Manuela, who sat across from the teller area where I worked on loan...

Wheelock Academy / Unknown Soul

You can tour this historical site, Wheelock Academy in Millerton, Oklahoma. There’s a cemetery there with markers that say, “Unknown Soul,” and I used this location to write about a doctor who lost his way, about an angel, Chula, who knows the way, and to introduce Shoelace, the hobo girl to her … oh wait, you’ll have to read the novel. It’s a secret! The children, Choctaw girls once played in the water that dripped from this water tower. They...

Annie Grace Kree Chronicles!!!

1945-1948 — Untied Shoelace led to Unknown Soul, which led to Rescue of Undaunted Spirit, which led to Unwanted Sidekick, which led to Unwavering Hope. Five novels! The sixth novel will take place in 1976 with Annie Grace Kree, grown and living back in Texarkana where she’ll encounter the Phantom Killer one last time! The hobo girl, Shoelace, who is Annie Grace Kree meets the Phantom Killer in the first novel. She’s introduced to an angel, Chula, and a carpenter,...

The Grim Hotel / Shadows of the Past

The Grim Hotel rises above most buildings in downtown Texarkana, Texas, and sits right across from the Arkansas border. Actually its a few feet away, and you’ll leave Texas in a short walk East. The towering brick, with its broken windows now sits empty, but the history goes deep, and the stories of folks still alive tell of special events inside this hotel. On the roof, fancy dances and parties took place, with bands and music, and suits and party...

Writing about a Killer

The novel, “Untied Shoelace,” began as a standalone book. I planned to write the mystery/historical novel, and then dedicate this book to Manuela, my friend murdered by a serial killer in the early 80’s. Now the first time I heard (around 2011) that Texarkana had a serial killer, a case from 1946, I became intrigued. I’m not sure why, unless it’s due to Manuela’s murder ending up being a cold case, too.  I had said bye to Manuel on a...