You Should Have Known by REBECCA KELLER 


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Welcome to BOOKS BY MY FRIENDS, Rebecca! You’ve got a brand new mystery novel to share with us today. Let’s get sleuthing, shall we?

JH: What’s the blurb for You Should Have Known?

RK: Sometimes the golden years aren’t so golden. When retired nurse Frannie Greene moves into assisted living, she discovers a neighbor is the judge whose corruption caused the death of her granddaughter and resolves to settle the score. But the scheme and its aftermath take a psychic toll, and when her plot goes awry and implicates an innocent, Frannie realizes she must find a way to make things right. She seizes the chance for redemption—and in the process discovers a crime no one had suspected.

JH: What inspired you to write You Should Have Known?

RK: I wanted to write about good people in morally complicated situations. What might a person do if they thought they would never be held to account, especially if they felt justice was on their side? While visiting my mother in a senior living facility, I realized such a place could be the perfect setting for that kind of story. I imagined a protagonist who came face to face with a circumstance in which her buried heartache and desire for revenge was suddenly rekindled. Throw in the paradoxical freedom of being near the end of life—and the idea of being beyond consequences–and the story glimmered into view.

JH: What one thing do you love most about writing?

RK: Hoo, boy. When I am on a roll, and I feel completely engrossed in the story, and then, when I look up and hours have passed, and the next day I reread and it feels right.

JH: What’s next for you in the way of writing/publishing?

RK: I am currently working on a second novel, and I also have a number of short stories waiting for revision.

JH: How can readers contact you?




Rebecca Keller is an artist, writer and educator. She has received grants from National Endowment for the Arts; the Illinois Arts Council, and been a Fulbright scholar. But before that she was a house-cleaner, shuttle driver, waitress, and nursing home cook. She got a graduate degree to improve her lot, and ended up in museums, where she gave tours, making art at night. She had children. She began teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was awarded a Fulbright. She exhibited her art internationally. She did a TEDx talk. Then, ten years ago she began writing fiction. Her stories have been nominated for a Pushcart prize, and her debut novel, You Should Have Known, comes out in 2023. She is now working on stories about art and another novel.

JH: Thanks for clearing up the mystery for us, Rebecca! Best wishes for success, and please come back when you have a new project to share.

All good things,


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