Nancy G. West
When Nancy was seven, she and her mother wrote poems to each other. The poetry was awful, but Nancy learned if you wrote something, people would stop to read it.
In high school, Library Journal’s Pegasus published her poem. At eighteen--since journalists were underpaid and English grads sold lingerie--she slogged through General Business at UT-Austin and Houston and earned a BBA. Fortunately, one elective was Creative Writing.
Married, with two daughters, Nancy read books on writing, wrote articles, poetry, the biography of artist Jose Vives-Atsara, and founded Book Publishers of Texas.
Back in college to study English literature, she wrote NINE DAYS TO EVIL, a novel of psychological suspense. She wrote the Book Shelf column for San Antonio Woman, and NPR broadcast her poem, "Time to Lie." Aggie Mundeen, a character from NINE DAYS, who had relocated from Chicago to San Antonio, captivated Nancy and led her to create award-winning Aggie Mundeen mysteries. Nancy followed Aggie to a health club, dude ranch, university, and the San Antonio River Walk and watched her deal with a variety of people, crimes, and a hunky detective. After a getaway weekend turned into a tragedy of crime, tragedy, and the struggle to survive floodwaters, Aggie was propelled in a new direction in THE PLUNGE, first in a new series of lake mysteries.
Nancy is convinced that recording her characters’ adventures and mishaps is a lot more fun than accounting.