THREE QUESTIONS FOR BRUCE HALE, author of the Chet Gecko series
I was living in Hawaii with geckos all around. I'd already done some picture books with a Hawaiian surfing gecko, so I wasn't intending to use another gecko hero when it came time to write a mystery. But when I sat down to write from the detective's point of view, he introduced himself on the first page: "Who am I? Chet Gecko, Private Eye." And the name was so perfect, I had to write about him.
1. What made you choose a gecko for your hero?
We share a sense of humor, a fondness for sweets, and a sense of curiosity. We do not, however, share a tail.
2. What do you have in common with Chet?
At around 10 years old, I discovered ALFRED HITCHCOCK & THE THREE INVESTIGATORS series. Although I also read Encyclopedia Brown and others, the Three Investigators were my favorite.
3. When you were a kid, who was your favorite mystery detective?
SCHOOL FOR S.P.I.E.S.: PLAYING WITH FIRE
Coming June 2013