Six months ago, I sat at my desk, staring at the blank page, thinking about the beginning of my new novel. I am so proud for being a renowned and award winning mystery novelist, and my publisher was expecting another gritty, engaging novel that would draw readers in. I wanted something a little different for Georgiana Germaine (the protagonist and heroine of the series) this time. I wanted her to address important public agendas in my own special way. I considered the tone and theme, and more importantly, what I wanted to convey by the end of it. As I mulled different ideas around, I started thinking about important topics in the news today, what’s being talked about, and what isn’t being talked about enough.