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Carolyn Keene

At a garage sale a few blocks from our house, Cherry sat down in the driveway and began reading from a big pile of paperbacks marked, FOR SALE, $1.00 EACH. As we were leaving, she asked, “Mama, can I have one?”

“Pick two.” I gave her the money to pay.

Cherry deliberated over the second book. When the decision was finally made, she handed the lady wearing the money apron, $2.00.

“Take the whole set. I’ve been looking for a little girl to give those books to.”

So, instead of two books, we left with a cardboard box of 20 Nancy Drew Mysteries, and they’ve been a fixture in our family room ever since.

Last week, I went to the San Antonio Romance Authors (SARA) meeting. The speaker was Susan Wittig Albert, author of the China Bayles Mysteries. Susan also wrote Nancy Drews under the pseudonym, Carolyn Keene. Both, Cherry and I were very impressed. It isn’t often I get to meet a real celebrity.

One thought on “Carolyn Keene

  1. I hope Cherry enjoys Nancy. I remembering reading the entire series a couple of times over-I’ve always loved mysteries. I did not know that Keene was a pseudonym. It’s so cool you got to meet her. Jason is reading Harry Potter to Audra. We are on book 2. She is really enjoying them-plus Jason does different voices (he does a really good Hagrid) Best wishes to you all.


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