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The Creative Adventures of Anna Banana and the Little Man in the Derby Hat

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The Tale Unfolds

A Mystery Thiller


Ten years ago, I decided to write a mystery thriller set at the United States Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Little Man and I had lived there for a number of years, so I enlisted his help. What do you remember about the base? He replied, A lot. 

Unique Research Techniques

 Every night before I went to sleep, I provided the little man with a list of topics that I planned to write about the next day. While I slept he skated around in my head, pulling information from gigantic rolodexes compiled from a lifetime of travel and experiences--both real and fictional. The next morning, I accessed the information and went to work. 


 So far, I have filled three books with the adventures of a covert team of international operatives who use trickery, artful finesse, and old-fashioned hanky-panky to take down the bay guys.

Reading Revs Up Curiosity


Rudyard Kipling wrote of the elephant child who had a 'satiable curiosity. I do too. I spend my days reading and writing. Yes, I do all the usual things too--the wash, house cleaning, car maintenance, and food shopping. I even iron. Once these tasks are completed, the little man and I roam around looking for interesting things to occupy our thoughts. 

Sharing Our Finds


Check out the files tab and you will see book reviews, trivia questions, analogies, and queries about medieval art, illuminated books, the decoction of paint colors, as well as Aboriginal and Native American myths, the Spanish influence on Scotland,  and the northernmost islands of the United Kingdom. I plan to add to these files on a regular basis.  

About Me

My Background

  • I first met the Little Man in the Derby Hat when I was ten years old. A science book contained a drawing of the human body, as if it were a factory. The Little Man sat at a desk high above the workers.  I knew he was the brains of the operation. 
  • This idea caught my fancy and sixty years later, we're still skating along enjoying a myriad of adventures.  

My Goal

  • I am writing a series of family thrillers. These books are not cozies, nor are they James Bond action thrillers. The characters participate in town activities, love football, international cuisine, and each others.
  • I don't write to make money. For me, putting words together is fun. I'll admit that a nice review makes me smile. 


  • I read all the time. In the last three years, I've participated in the Goodreads  Challenge and have read 100 books each year. Most of these are mysteries.
  • I enjoy all kinds of movies, from classics to Marvel. I exercise, meditate, and dream of ice cream, not electric sheep
  • The Little Man and I gobble up trivia, allusions, and adages.

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