Karen McCarthy is a baby boomer herself, and she liked the idea of a reunion of old college chums who come to enjoy the festivities, where one of them ends up dead. It was a Memphis story just waiting for a southern gal to tell. Her pro bono work with the Abused Women's Shelter and Legal Services gave her the idea for the plot and helped create the courtroom scenes. Having visited all of the hallowed spots favored by the King herself, she pilots her characters through the swirling fans that mob the city every August. The ghost of Elvis provides the crucial clue.
Karen is a world traveler, having been up the Amazon and down the Danube, from Tahiti to Russia and even saw a Tasmanian devil in Tasmania. Her love of the American West has resulted in multiple skiing trips and a long and hot four-day rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. She divides her time between Memphis and her home in Key West, Florida where she can be found out on her boat, the Dragon Lady, or kayaking and scuba diving. She makes flying visits to Dallas to see her son and his family who live with a dog named Presley. Presley is featured in the book under an alias.