Double Cousins

The Double Cousins Mystery Series for 7-13 year old’s is born out of childhood experiences and grown-up dreams!

The Beginning (excerpt from All I Have Needed-A Legacy for Life)

April 16,1905, marks the beginning of my first book, The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Missing Watch. Consequently, it marks the beginning of the Double Cousins Mystery Series!

On that day, my grandpa, George Lee Jones, was born in Kansas.

So you might ask, “What’s the connection?” The obvious answer is that if he hadn’t been born, I wouldn’t have been born … but it goes farther than that, much farther.

When Grandpa was eight, his family moved from Kansas to Nebraska in a covered wagon. They went with two covered wagons, a spring wagon, eight horses, and six people. It was a cold October trip, taking sixteen days to go the approximate 320 miles. It was an experience he never forgot.

In fact, when he was in his seventies, he decided there were a lot of experiences he had that no one would remember if he didn’t tell them. So, he did. He not only told them, but he wrote them down. He wrote three books about his life. He wrote simply but descriptively, using plain rancher talk. The books were full of wonderful examples of his dry sense of humor. I can read those books and still hear Grandpa talking in my head.

In December 1997 and January 1998, three of my grandparents died in a six-week period. Grandpa Jones was the last one to go to heaven. Understandably, I was rather wrapped up in the memories I had of the things they taught me. My grandparents were all such an important part of my life, especially after Mommy died. Now there are grieving camps and counselors etc. for children who suffer such loss, but when I was ten, there was only our wonderful daddy and our extended families, especially our grandparents. They were there for us, even from a distance. They stepped up and did what families are supposed to do.

When Daddy remarried, I got another set of grandparents. Through the years, these people were always there, teaching by example. There aren’t enough words to express the effect they had on my life. Through this time of loss, I decided I wanted to take some of their stories, starting with Grandpa Jones’ books, and put them into picture books for children. For instance, maybe a story from the covered wagon trip. That would make an awesome book.

As I started to study how to write a book, I learned that you should write what you know. That’s where the idea came from for The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Missing Watch. When I was a kid, one of my favorite places was the ranch. As a way of honoring my grandparents, I wanted to write about it. So I did.

So, now you know why it is that I can say The Double Cousins Mysteries started in 1905.

If your grandparents are still living, go see them today or call them. Tell them how much you love them. Listen to them. They can tell you all sorts of intriguing stories and maybe, just maybe, it will inspire you to write something yourself!