Jeanette A. Fratto

Jeanette A. Fratto

Q: How did you come up with the story?
I’m an avid mystery reader and noted that most mysteries feature the police, private detectives, medical examiners, etc. but rarely probation officers. Probation is an important part of the criminal justice system and I thought it was time they had their own audience My 26 year career with the probation department in Orange County, California gave me the knowledge I needed to fashion a story line interwoven with the probation system. NO STONE UNTURNED is a mystery/romance that will not only entertain, but educate, the reader in another aspect of law enforcement.

Q: Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
It’s hard to say. From an early age I loved to read and I think writing is a by-product of that. I remember writing little one page detective stories of “suspicious” activity in my neighborhood. Since my neighborhood was pretty quiet I had to use my imagination. As I got older I wrote for my school paper, then dabbled in short stories, and essays, and professionally did articles related to my work in probation. Writing a novel seemed to be a natural progression. I’ll be starting a sequel to NO STONE UNTURNED soon.

Q: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be? Why?
I would have loved to have been a professional singer, of the Linda Ronstadt or Trisha Yearwood variety. Unfortunately my voice didn’t cooperate. I think being able to entertain people with a beautiful voice is a gift, and I would have been happy to have had that gift.

Q: Favorite genres to read?
Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Noir, Romance, Contemporary Fiction.

Q: What are your pet peeves?
People who talk, or text, on their cellphones while driving, in the movies, in the grocery store checkout line, or in restaurants. It’s rude and annoying, and in the case of driving, it’s dangerous.

Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
I’m a lot calmer on the outside than I often am on the inside.

Q: Where else can we find you, other titles, or anything else you’d like to share?
You can google me and see that I was a winner in two categories last year in the Writer’s Digest annual competition; Feature Article and Short Story.

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