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Renee Benzaim was born in Wenatchee, Washington, but grew up in Northern California. She wrote her first short story when she was in the third grade and discovered her love of putting words on paper.
Her novels include the popular Detective Annie Avants crime fiction series, which is set in Kern County, California. Annie has become very popular with readers has been called the next "Nancy Drew". There are five books in this series (so far), and each book can be read independently of the others.
Another book is Coyote's Song, the story of a five-year-old Miwok Indian girl who disappears. Ten years later, a renowned writer sets out to solve the mystery of Evangeline's disappearance. This book is a prequel to Green Witch, Dead Witch.
In addition, Renee has written three non-fiction books: How to Make Compost; Salsa!; and Can Men Get Yeast Infections?
She and her husband live in a home with gardens surrounded by a stone wall. This small piece of paradise is the home of an ever-growing number of cats and one shaggy dog.
"I remember the first long story I ever wrote. I was in the third grade and my teacher, Miss Steere, asked us each to write a story about something in history. I chose to write about the Donner party and the tragedies that befell them as they tried to make it to the Wild West.
I had so much fun and made up stories about the travelers and conversations between the people on the wagon train. It didn't occur to me that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. I wasn't even old enough to understand what it meant to be grown up.
I ended up with a career as a paralegal. It encompassed a lot of research and writing and, in the meantime, I had written short stories, poetry, and two unpublished novels.
Finally, I said "enough", quit everything, took early retirement and followed my dream. Now, I'm a writer and I love my life.. I have a lot of fun with my characters and stories. To me, they're real people and my joy is to share them with you and the rest of the world."
A GRISLY SURPRISE AWAITS DET. ANNIE AVANTS AT A SWAT RAID GONE BAD! Drug trafficking in Kern County has increased drastically due to Interstate I5, which runs adjacent to Bakersfield, and goes from the Mexican border to Canada. Kern County’s many law enforcement agencies work in their own jurisdictions to solve the problem. Sometimes they… [Read More]
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