Alligator Preserves Episode 38: June Trop, Woman of Mystery!

June Trop, Associate Professor emerita at the State University of New York at New Paltz, talks about the inspiration for her Miriam bat Isaac Mystery Series, her years of teaching middle school science, her twin sister, and lots more!

June during a WKNY interview April 12, 2018

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Laurel McHargue interviews June Trop, Woman of Mystery!

Show Notes with Links:

  • We share our connections between New Paltz, The Gunks, Leadville, teaching and writing
  • Who is June Trop and why was teaching middle school science her best job?
  • She told her student the plants outsider were having sex!
  • What it’s like being a twin, and the difficulties of childhood
  • Storytelling (embellishing and fabricating) in science class!
  • Her first story, written at age five and sold!
  • The state of education today
  • June has led “a life of crime”
  • Idea for Miriam bat Isaac series and a magical experience at the library
  • Maria the Prophetess
  • Why does she use 1st person perspective?
  • What is June’s writing process?
  • Her book From Lesson Plans to Power Struggles (a guide for new teachers)
  • Master mystery writer Lawrence Block
  • “Locked Room” dramas and June’s “Deadliest” series
  • Researching
  • Black Opal Books and the status of publishing today
  • June’s advice to writers and considering your audience
  • Contact:

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Laurel lives and laughs and publishes and podcasts in Colorado's Rocky Mountains! She has published several multi-genre books and hosts the podcast "Alligator Preserves," where she interviews fascinating people, talks about the human condition, and shares scary stories from her "Dark Ebb" collection.

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