Author Feature: Nancy Engle
Nancy Engle is a native of Southwest Philly. She moved to the Washington, DC area in 1976 where she lived and worked for 37 years. While there, she enjoyed teaching computer classes which took her traveling around the country and to Central America. She earned her Ph. D in Psychology and eventually settled into a career with the State of Maryland where she worked as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor, helping clients improve their lives. She also was a member of the Central Maryland Crime Scene Search Team for many years. Upon her retirement from the State, she continued sharing her expertise, teaching Communications and Sociology at the Frederick Community College in Maryland.
She enjoys reading and participating in reading and writing groups. She credits these groups with helping her expand her creativity and develop works that have been published for your reading enjoyment.
She and her husband retired to South Carolina, where she enjoys going to the beach and writing mystery novels.
The descendants of Daniel McGinley and Margaret O'Fallon are gathered at the Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a weeklong family reunion. It is a joyous occasion, meeting new family members and reconnecting with old ones. Until, the unthinkable happens.When a beloved family member unexpectedly dies, it isn't long before the police rule the death supicious and the questions of motive arise.
What inspired you to write these two series?
The inspiration for each story comes from an event or situation which occurred. I’ve always been interested in my family’s history and have listened to numerous stories and poured through countless historical documents. With the rise in DNA testing, let’s just say, there have been a few surprises. These events were the inspiration for my Secrets of the Ancestors Series.
The Catori Loloma series began when I spotted a flash drive on the pavement. The dilemma was whether I should leave it there in case the person who lost it retraced their steps or take it home and try to find the owner. In the end, I left it there. The fictional version of the story took on a life of its own and Catori Loloma was born.
Wow, that's cool that you've taken reality and mad the "what ifs" into novels. What made you become a writer?
I’ve always loved to read and from early childhood, either composed stories in my head, or wrote them. I love studying human behavior, so when I see something interesting or something that doesn’t fit with our societal mores I ask myself “I wonder why they made that choice. The question of “what if ” gives me the opportunity to explore human behavior and look at our preconceived ideas from another point-of-view. Writing gives me the opportunity to explore these questions and provide the reader with another perspective.
There's a hot debate out there among authors: Are you a plotter or pantser? Tell us your process.
I do both. I get an idea and write the basic story in my head, then put it on paper. The next step is to write a brief outline which I use to keep the main storyline and back stories in some logical order. Most of the story is written and expanded from the original version with additions to the outline as my story and/or characters take unexpected twists and turns.
What is your preferred category and genre to write? Why?
I write mystery because I enjoy solving the puzzle.
What’s next for you?
I am actively working on a new Catori Loloma mystery, which is set in Arizona. I also have 17 other books from both series in various states of drafting.
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