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“One problem is I get too many ideas and I can’t keep up with myself,” she said. “I like creating the characters. They become very important to me.”
Because she often writes murder mysteries or thrillers, working with Stanger was valuable, she said. With “The Hierophant,” Stanger clarified procedural questions, such as exactly what happens after a person is arrested, as well as details specific to Inver Grove Heights — for example, the department refers to its SWAT team as MAAG, she said.
Last fall, she joined the Inver Grove Heights Citizen’s Police Academy, where she learned more about the department and talked with Stanger again.
“Chief Stanger has been absolutely wonderful,” she said. “It’s obvious that his people very much like him.”
She said one reason she published the paperback version was so she could give a copy to Stanger and others at the station.
Stanger said he enjoyed the experience enough that he would help with another book — or have someone in his department do it if he couldn’t.
“I can’t wait for the book to come out in either paperback or hard copy so I can finish reading it,” Stanger said.
Erin Adler • 952-746-3283