The four original books were one of my first forays into writing a series, which I now love. They are actually the precursors to series like the Montoya/Bentz series set in New Orleans or the “To Die” series with Detectives Alvarez and Pescoli.
Recently, my son (who works for me) and I were trying to shorten a scene to add it to the “about the book” and “excerpt” section of LisaJackson.com. So as he’s reading from the book and we’re discussing what section will actually go up as the excerpt, he looks over the top of the novel and says, “Wait a minute, Mom! This scene sounds a lot like something that happened when I was in grade school and these two boys who are riding bikes and wrestling and yelling at each other, they seem a lot like my brother and me. And the mom who’s expecting a call from the principal cuz one of the kids got in a "scuffle" on the playground, that’s you . . . right?” He looked at me in shock and, yeah, a little bit of horror. “You mean to tell me what’s in these books actually happened? You used parts of our lives?”
Uh oh! Busted!
I had no option but to ‘fess up.
So, it looks like, after twenty-plus years, the jig is definitely up!