Sally Carpenter


Sally Carpenter is a native Hoosier living in Moorpark, California. She has a master’s degree in theater from Indiana State University. While in school, her plays Star Collector and Common Ground were finalists in the American College Theater Festival One-Act Playwrighting Competition. Common Ground also earned a college creative writing award. Star Collector was produced in New York City and served as the inspiration for her first mystery series. She also has a Master of Divinity and a black belt in tae kwon do and has worked as an actress, college writing instructor, jail chaplain and tour guide/page for Paramount Pictures. And she’s a mom to black cats!

The books in her Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol series are: The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper (2012 Eureka! Award finalist for best first mystery novel), The Sinister Sitcom Caper, The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper and The Quirky Quiz Show Caper. Flower Power Fatality is the first book in the Psychedelic Spy series.

Sally has short stories in three anthologies: “Dark Nights at the Deluxe Drive-in” in Last Exit to Murder and “Faster Than a Speeding Bullet” in Plan B: Omnibus as well as a Sandy Fairfax adventure, “The Puzzling Puppet Show Caper,” in Cozy Cat Shorts. She penned Chapter Three of the CCP group mystery Chasing the Codex.

To atone for killing characters on paper, Sally also writes the Roots of Faith column for the Acorn Newspapers (  Her website is and she blogs monthly at Sally is a member of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles. Reach her at Facebook or