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After I wrote The Absent Author, I knew I wanted to write more about Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose. I looked at those two A's in the title and thought, why not two B's, then two C's? So I began working on the Bald Bandit and the Canary Caper. And that's how A to Z Mysteries were born!
I spent eight years writing the books in my A TO Z MYSTERIES series. Now that the series is finished, I am writing a new series called CAPITAL MYSTERIES. I call it that because all the stories take place in Washington, DC. In these books, you will meet K.C. Corcoran and her pal, Marshall Li.
If you like A TO Z MYSTERIES, you will love CALENDAR MYSTERIES, my new series. The main characters are Dink's young cousin, Lucy, and Josh's younger brothers, Brian & Bradley, and Ruth Rose's younger brother, Nate.
These new books are about 50 pages longer than the original A to Z Mysteries titles. Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose are a year older. But the main difference between these "super editions" and the 26 A to Z Mysteries is where the stories are set.
I was born in Hartford, Connecticut. My parents named me Wallace Ronald Roy, but I shortened the name to Ron Roy.
I was a shy kid, and spent much of my time studying nature and reading. I loved school and used to win all the spelling bees.
My favorite teacher was Mr. Ben Hancock. He taught me to love books and showed me how to hit a baseball and catch a fish. Because of Mr. Hancock's influence, I decided to become a teacher myself some day.
After college and graduate school, I became a fourth grade teacher. But somewhere along the way I started writing children's stories and sending them to publishing companies. No one wanted to buy my stories, but I didn't give up. Each week I would write a story and send it out. Each week the story came back with "No, thank you." written on the manuscript.
Then in 1978, I sold my first children's book. That was one of the most exciting days of my life. Soon I left teaching and became a full time writer.
In 1997 I started writing the A to Z Mysteries series. Now I am working on Capital Mysteries. Millions of children are reading these books, which makes me very happy. But I still remember the day I sold my first book.