The Mill Mountain Star - Roanoke Virginia

"Spring Cleaning" is set at the base of Mill Mountain in Roanoke, Virginia. In my story, medical records manager, Douglas Weimer, gets more than he bargained for when he’s moved onto a new team and receives a project with a drop-dead delivery date. His new assignment gives new meaning to deadlines.

When I was little, my family visited Roanoke, where my mother grew up. I was enchanted with the star on the top of the mountain. It was a beacon that could be spotted for miles. When I went back with my husband in the early 90s, the star was the only landmark that looked familiar. The town had changed so much since my last visit.

In my story, the star has special meaning for the main character. To him, it’s more than the giant neon statue that’s been a fixture on Mill Mountain since 1949.

Heather Weidner


Heather Weidner has been a mystery fan since Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew.  Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather lives in Central Virginia with her husband and pair of crazy Jack Russell terriers. When she’s not reading and writing, she enjoys kayaking, photography, and visiting the beach as much as possible. She is President of the Sisters in Crime, Central Virginia Chapter. Heather's debut novel, Secret Lives and Private Eyes will be out in May 2016. Her story “Washed Up” appeared in Virginia is for Mysteries. She writes the blog Crazy for Words and is a guest blogger for a variety of sites. Visit Heather on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and