Sally Carpenter was born and raised in southwest Indiana but now lives in Moorpark California, leaving the land of rain and snow for wildfires and earthquakes.

She has a master’s degree in theater from Indian State University. While in school her plays “Star Collector” and “Common Ground” were finalists in the American College Theater Festival One-Act Playwrighting Competition. “Common Ground” also earned a college creative writing award and “Star Collector” was produced in New York City. The two characters introduced in “Star Collector” became the basis of the Sandy Fairfax books.

She also has a master’s degree in theology and a black belt in tae kwon do. She’s also “mom” to two black cats.

Her first book, “The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper,” was named by Left Coast Crime as a 2012 Eureka! Award finalist for best first mystery novel.

She penned chapter three of “Chasing the Codex,” a group mystery written by 34 authors with Cozy Cat Press.

She’s a member of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles and blogs monthly at

Sally has worked as an actress, college writing instructor, jail chaplain and tour guide/page for Paramount Pictures.

To atone for her sin of killing people on paper, she writes the Roots of Faith column for the Acorn Newspapers, a community paper based in Agoura Hills, Calif.  She’s an active member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Moorpark.