Southern Lights was an exciting book to write, and required a great deal of meticulous research. The research extended into two areas that were fascinating for me, the intricate mechanisms of the judicial system in New York, and the workings of a murder trial. And for the first time, I wrote about the American South, which has always intrigued me. I’ve always felt that it is such a special world and culture, rich in history and traditions, that one had to be from the South to write about it. But by writing about a woman from New York, who winds up there by marriage, and later returns to it by force of circumstance, I was able to explore the story and the culture and do it justice. I hope you are as excited about this book as I am. I fell in love with the characters in the book, and I really hope you will too. There are some very special people in this book, and I think it is a rich, interesting story. I learned a lot by writing it, and hope you will by reading it too. Happy reading!!!