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 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.

The Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol series is comprised of: The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper (2012 Eureka! Award finalist for best first mystery novel), The Sinister Sitcom Caper, The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper and The Quirky Quizy Show Caper.

Books in The Psychedelic Spy series are Flower Power Fatality and Hippie Haven Homicide.

All books are published by Cozy Cat Press.

She has short stories in three anthologies: “Faster than a Speeding Bullet” in Plan B: Omnibus; “Dark Nights at the Deluxe Drive-in” in Last Exit to Murder, and “The Puzzling Puppet Show Caper” (a Sandy Fairfax mystery) in Cozy Cat Shorts.

She penned chapter three of “Chasing the Codex,” a Cozy Cat Press group mystery.

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.