Charlie and Brad are twin boys who want to help out their Grandpa when his cows start getting stolen. They manage to come up with some suspects and then they have to figure out how to actually save the cows before they disappear and their Grandpa goes bankrupt. I just loved the characters and following the mystery as it transpired. This book is worth going out of your way to get your hands on!
Now let's meet Denice (D.C.)...
Well, my inspiration for WWCH is a combination of three influences: I found out I was having twins, and wondered what kind of mischief they would get into as they grew up; my husband is a twin, and I've spent years listening to their tales of terrorizing their mother; and my brother and I are VERY close, I grew up as the proverbial tom-boy, and I remembered all the trouble we got into on our ranch that I didn't dare tell my parents about until I was full grown and unable to be grounded for it!
2) It may be geared for tweens but I really enjoyed this book (and I am so NOT a tween, but that's all I'm saying!) and was wondering how you worked the mystery angle of it... like do you figure it out and write the story backwards from there or do parts of it develop as you go?
As strange as it may seem, I don't even think I knew I was working on a mystery. I guess I always thought of it as an adventure, hopefully funny, but the mystery just sort of developed as I went along. And I didn't think it was so much a question of "Who-Dunnit?", as "Do They Get Caught in the End?" I'm very glad the bad guys were caught.
3) Is this intended to be the first in a series or is it a stand alone book?
Not sure about that. I was hoping this would be the first of a five-book series, but I don't know what the publisher is going to do with the second book. We'll just have to wait and see. But I don't think we'll see the last of Brad and Charlie.
4) How do you get inside the heads of 2 tween boys and their little sister - what kind of research do you do to make these characters come alive?
Well, this book really is close to my heart, because it's so close to home. I grew up in a rural farm community. We didn't live on the ranch, but I spent more of my childhood there than at home. Most of my cousins were boys, all the neighborhood kids were boys, so remembering what they were like wasn't a stretch at all. Not to mention my husband is one of four boys, and they have plenty information to share.
5) What made you decide to target the tween audience, based on this book you could definitely write for adults and keep them interested?
I know it probably sounds strange, but when I started this book, Harry Potter was still flying high. I really enjoyed those books, and realized that kids and adults around the world love them, so why not try to write something for a Christian publisher that appealed to tweens, and older, if they were open to reading it. Not that I think my book qualifies as Harry Potter fabulous, but a girl can dream.
6) How can readers find you online and what can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?
You can visit my website at www.dcstewart.net. Though I don't know if the future books will be published, I am planning to finish the Parker Twins books, and I am also working on my first adult book, a romantic comedy.
Thank you so much for naming my book one of your favorites of 2008. I am truly honored!
Okay, readers Denice has offered a copy of Where Would Cows Hide with some extra goodies for our drawing! You don't want to miss out on a chance for this book - Here is what you do...Leave me a comment (with your email address or way to reach you) telling me what kind of mystery or suspense you like and you will have 1 entry in the drawing!
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