2. I got the idea in April 2012 when a friend told us her teen was a volunteer with Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue. Not only do they look for people lost in the woods, but they also recover bodies AND they do crime scene evidence searches AND they are a teen-led organization. When I heard that, I knew I had the idea I had long sought: a realistic hook for a teen mystery series.
3. I pitched the idea in the summer and sold it in late September. Then the publisher wanted the first book January 1. I had sold it based on seven short chapters. Those were the only chapters I had written - and I had an adult book due in March. I managed to get the date pushed back to January 31.
4. Those two deadlines explain why I don't remember much of October-March.
5. I'm thinking I might dedicate the book to a very helpful volunteer, an adult who has been with the group since he was 14 or 15. Like the other volunteers, he spends hours and hours - without any pay - helping people who have ended up in a very bad space.