Daisy Pettles is the pen name of novelist Vicky Phillips. Vicky was born in Bedford, Indiana, and grew up in the tiny river town of Medora, Indiana. Her parents, “Junie and Deanie,” ran the corner gas station and ice cream stand.
She learned to read while sitting on her grandmother’s lap, under an apple tree in Brownstown, Indiana. As a child, she was fed a steady diet of books, pies, and Bible stories. A true Hoosier, raised in the farming heartland of America in the 1960’s, her favorite song was “I’ll be a Sunbeam for Jesus.”
After graduating from one of the smallest public high schools in Indiana, Medora High School, in 1977, she attended DePauw University, where she was graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
A world traveler, she has lived in San Francisco, London, and Athens. She has raced camels in Egypt and eaten Kentucky Fried Chicken with Communists in Shanghai.
She was a therapist before becoming an Internet entrepreneur, designing America’s first online university counseling system in 1989.
Her current home lies at the end of a dirt road in Vermont. For all her travels, her heart remains a Hoosier. She loves persimmon pudding and stories where good stomps all over evil.
The Shady Hoosier Detective Agency, a humorous cozy set in the fictitious town of Knobby Waters, Indiana (Pawpaw County), is her award-winning, debut mystery novel series