Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Rionna Morgan with Jean Henry Mead
Where are you from?
I was born in Hollywood, a block and a half from Paramount Studios. My brothers and I would sit on the front porch and watch movie stars drive by to the studio’s front gate. We’d wave and were sometimes rewarded with a wave from someone in the cars or limos. When I wasn’t star gazing, I was attending Vine Street Elementary School, which is now covered in graffiti.
Tell us your latest news.
I’m currently vacationing in paradise: a recreational vehicle resort in Southern California with green rolling hills , ponds, waterfalls, ducks, palm trees and a golf course which meanders through the 592-site area (although I don’t play golf.) While sitting with my husband on the patio of the small restaurant last evening, watching ducks diving in the pond, the first chapter of my next Logan & Cafferty mystery/suspense novel came to me, which tentatively begins: It was a lovely evening until a body floated by.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In my recent mystery, Gray Wolf Mountain, I try to impart the message that killing off keystone predators—wolves and grizzlies—unbalances nature by allowing big game animals to over-populate and consume the vegetation that small animals and birds depend on to survive. I also included a little romance and humor to soften the theme.
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would they title it?
Probably Lost and Found: the Checkered Career of Jean Henry Mead.
What is the ultimate dream vacation?
It doesn’t get much better than my current location. We’ve done a lot of traveling and lived in nine states, including Wyoming, so returning to southern California for me is like a salmon swimming back upstream.
What person in history would you most like to meet?
Agatha Christie, among others. By rereading her books, I learned the language of fiction, along with Dean Koontz and Sue Grafton.
If you could design a refrigerator magnet, what would it say?
Don’t listen to anyone who says you can’t do it!