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Clues to Nancy Drew Consulting
Got Clues? Want to learn more about Nancy Drew?
If you're interested in Nancy Drew and need an expert, consider me your gumshoe gal Friday! I write, research,
consult, and speak
about Nancy Drew--a mysterious hobby to say the least...
Currently, I am writing a biography about the first Carolyn Keene, Mildred Wirt Benson: The Real Nancy Drew - interested publishers may inquire.
If you're working on a Nancy Drew article, book, or some kind of production or product,
drop me an e-mail.
My website has been used for numerous research projects, articles, and product development. However, it only
touches the surface of Nancy Drew and her mysterious history. If you're interested in getting the full scoop, I'm
happy to clue you in.
At the very least, consider fact-checking your work
with me. Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation and facts that often get repeated erroneously which exist out there in media and print sources and keep getting repeated, so it's good idea to fact check.
Consulting & Nancy Drew Projects At A Glance
Scroll down below the following highlights for more clues on my consulting, writing, and research...
Over 100 articles and Op-eds since 1998, various publications
Compiled Nancy Drew nostalgia book, Clues for Real Life: The Classic Wit and Wisdom of
Nancy Drew, Nov. 2007. Meredith Books.
Currently working on several Nancy Drew nostalgia non-fiction and fiction books - at present the focus is on writing my biography of Mildred Wirt Benson, the original Carolyn Keene.
Images of Collection, TV & News interviews on Nancy Drew:
Click on the following links for images of my collection for these TV setups:
NBC Today Show
NBC-KPNX Phoenix Affiliate
Good Morning America (ABC) - July 9, 2009 Click for News/Pics! And click
here for the video.
Fox 10 - Phoenix Affiliate - Local Interview/Collection Tour
The Today Show (NBC) - January 29, 2010
NBC-KPNX Phoenix (March 2012).
Newspapers & Magazines: Including NY Times, USA Today, Newsday, LA Daily News, Foxnews.com, The Associated Press, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and
The Arizona Republic
Film Company Consulting: Warner Brothers and Lucas Films
Publisher & Licensee Consulting
Nancy Drew research and fact-checking
Library displays and programs
Graphic Design, High Res Scans
Nancy Drew Collection Rentals
See opening sequence to 2007 Warner Brothers Nancy Drew film.
I have over 4000 pieces in my collection. Click on TV links above for images of
15+ Nancy Drew Sleuths Conventions and a
scholarly 75th anniversary & 85th anniversary
Nancy Drew Conferences
Nancy Drew Presentations, Literary Panels
Learn all about Nancy's mysterious history. Get clues to collecting
In the 17 years that I have been writing and researching, I have amassed a huge archive of research material, newspaper and magazine articles, and primary
research documents. My research on the books themselves includes every Nancy Drew book and series written since 1930. Over 600 books and counting...
Companies I have worked with include: Her Interactive, Papercutz, Specialty Board Games, Chronicle Books, Warner Brothers, Simon & Schuster,
Grosset & Dunlap/Penguin-Random House (The Lost Files of Nancy Drew, Special 80th Anniversary Old Clock, etc.), Rizzoli/Universe (2010 Nancy Drew Calendar), Paper Studio Press (Nancy Drew Paper Dolls), Gumshoe Girls, Moda (Nancy Drew Fabric)and Lucas Films.
I've consulted with authors writing newspaper and magazine articles.
My contributions have been acknowledged in the following books and collectibles:
-Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak.
-Not a Girl Detective by
Susan Kandel, author of the Cece Caruso mysteries.
-The Lost Files of Nancy Drew
-Nancy Drew 2010 Engagement Calendar: A Year of Mystery
-Nancy Drew Paper Dolls
Below, you'll find a few more clues to my writing, consulting, speaking engagements, and much more!
Rediscovering Nancy Drew
I began reading Nancy Drew books in the second grade and never looked back. Many adventures and 30+ years later, I
research, write, and consult about the plucky sleuth. I rediscovered my passion for collecting Nancy Drew when I
went to law school
(JD, May 2000, Texas Tech University School of Law). Nostalgia led to actively collecting and searching out vintage books
and collectibles. Collecting led to research which ultimately led to the creation of this website and many
ongoing projects and consulting deals.
Research & Writing
I have written over 100 combined articles and Op-Ed pieces since fall 2000 for publications including:
LA Times, Firsts Magazine, Clarion, Great Mystery & Suspense Magazine, The Whispered Watchword, Susabella Passengers & Friends, The Sleuth, Yellowback Library, Dime Novel Round-Up,
The Guilded Lily, The Arizona Republic, and The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star.
For a list of articles and publications/dates (updated through June 2016),
Check out my Nancy Drew article (published Sun. 3-28-10) in the
LA Times: Kids Reading Room, 'Who is Carolyn Keene?'
Nancy Drew & Mildred Wirt Benson:
A Mystery Revealed. The original “Carolyn Keene,” nom de plume for the continually popular Nancy Drew mystery series, was “nobody’s
sweet grandma.” She was Mildred A. Wirt Benson, a feisty, adventurous spirit. A career newspaperwoman, she set the standard for the enduring
heroine that many fondly remember and still read today.
Read all about Nancy Drew and Mildred Wirt Benson in my article in the December 2006 issue of
Firsts, a literary magazine for book collectors and enthusiasts. Firsts can be purchased on their
website or in many independent and used/collector book stores!
I compiled the book Clues for Real Life: The Classic Wit and Wisdom of Nancy Drew for Meredith Books--published fall of 2007. It features tongue-in-cheek advice from Nancy Drew on a host of topics from friends to men to career and dealing with villains. It features a running mystery and lots of fun quizzes and games throughout plus trivia and a chapter on the history of Nancy Drew. It's a cute nostalgia book. Signed copies can be purchased at
The Sleuth Shop.
I put together a page of Nancy Drew Fun Facts for a special 80th anniversary edition of The Secret of the Old Clock published in 2010. An essay on Nancy Drew appears in the soon to be released Nancy Drew Paper Dolls set from Paper Studio Press--order yours here.
Currently, I am writing a biography on the original "Carolyn Keene,"
Mildred Wirt Benson. Do you own original letters or documents of Mildred's? I'd love to get photocopies for research - photo copies can be sent to me at Jennifer Fisher, P.O. Box 128, Higley, AZ 85236-0128. I'm happy to reimburse for your kindness in doing this.
I'm also at work on other non-fiction and fiction books related to the Nancy Drew phenomenon. Interested publishers may inquire.
While this website is a good introduction into the world of Nancy Drew, you will find in depth analysis of all things
Drew in my upcoming books. For my series of ten 75th anniversary articles, visit the
Nancy Revealed section.
Presentations & Speaking Engagements
I am available for lectures, programs and conventions.
I often customize presentations to suit event needs with specialized subjects. I do have several routine presentations which
can be shortened if need be:
Nancy Drew 101: Collecting Drew, focuses on collecting and the many Nancy Drew books and collectibles over the years
since the series debuted in 1930.
This presentation runs about 45 minutes.
Nancy Drew: A Mysterious History Revealed, focuses on the history behind the mystery from Nancy Drew creator Edward
Stratemeyer to the various ghostwriters and Stratemeyer's daughters Harriet Adams and Edna Squier, as they created and shaped Nancy Drew into being America's favorite teenage sleuth. This presentation runs about 45 minutes.
Previous Speaking Engagements:
- Nancy Drew Sleuths' 2nd Annual Convention, Iowa City, IA 2002
- Mildred Wirt Benson Day, Toledo Public Library, Toledo, OH, 2002
- Children's Series Book Convention, Charlottesville, VA 2002
- Tennessee Williams Literary Festival: Literary Panelist, New Orleans, LA 2005
- Nancy Drew 75th/Stratemeyer Syndicate 100th Conference: Literary Panelist, NYC, NY 2005
- Nancy Drew Sleuths' 5th Anniversary Convention, Phoenix, AZ 2005
- Nancy Drew Sleuths' 7th Annual Convention, Pasadena, CA 2007
- Nancy Drew: Clues for Real Life: The Classic Wit and Wisdom of Nancy Drew Book Signing Event,
Poisoned Pen/Scottsdale, AZ 2007
- Nancy Drew Mystery Evening at the Phoenix Public Library (Mesquite Branch), March 2008
- Univ. of Michigan/Dearborn: Children's Series Books & Artwork Exhibit (Including Nancy Drew), Opening Reception: September 12, 2008 Dearborn, MI
- Nancy Drew Sleuths' 8th Annual Convention,
Lancaster, PA: Sept. 30-Oct. 5, 2008
- Greater Paradise Valley Reading Council,
Phoenix, AZ: Wed. April 22, 2009 4:00pm
- Nancy Drew Sleuths' 9th Annual Convention,
Las Vegas, NV: Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2009
Nancy Drew Sleuths' 10th Annual Convention,
Merritt Island, FL: Apr. 6-Apr. 10, 2010
Nancy Drew Sleuths' 10th Annual Convention,
Cruise to Bahamas: Apr. 11-Apr. 15, 2010
Bouchercon 2010: Nancy Drew Panel & 80th Anniversary Party,
San Francisco, CA: Oct. 14-Oct. 17, 2010
Nancy Drew: A Mysterious Icon Turns 80,
Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ: Nov. 8, 2010
PEO Women's Luncheon, Nancy Drew Talk:
Phoenix, AZ: Feb. 3, 2011
Alpha Delta Kappa, Lambda Chpt. Meeting, Nancy Drew Talk:
Tempe, AZ: Mar. 3, 2011
Nancy Drew Sleuths' 11th Annual Convention:
Charlottesville, VA: Mar. 30-Apr. 3, 2011
Get a Clue with Nancy Drew: Jefferson Madison Regional Library Event:
Charlottesville, VA: April 1, 2011
Nancy Drew Sleuths' 12th Annual Convention:
Phoenix, AZ: Mar. 19-Mar. 25, 2012
New York Comic Con - Nancy Drew in Comics Panel Moderator
Phoenix, AZ: Oct. 14, 2012
Nancy Drew Sleuths' 13th Annual Convention:
Boston, MA: May 28-June 2, 2013
Nancy Drew Sleuths' 14th Annual Convention:
San Diego, CA: Jun. 2-Jun. 8, 2014
Islands Women's Club:
Gilbert, AZ: Oct. 8, 2015
Nancy Drew Sleuths' Anniversary Mini Con #1:
Iowa City, IA: Apr. 30-May 3, 2015
Nancy Drew Sleuths' Anniversary Mini Con #2:
Toledo, OH: May 28-May 31, 2015
Nancy Drew Sleuths' Anniversary Mini Con #3:
Maplewood, NJ: Jun. 11-Jun.14, 2015
Nancy Drew Sleuths' 16th Annual Convention:
New Orleans, LA: Apr. 20-Apr. 24, 2016
Nancy Drew Sleuths' 17th Annual Convention:
Ogunquit, ME: Oct. 12-Oct. 14, 2017
Nancy Drew Sleuths' 18th Annual Convention:
Key West, FL: Apr. 25-28, 2018
Consulting & Nancy Drew Projects
I was the Nancy Drew Consultant for Warner Brothers on the 2007 Nancy Drew movie,
Nancy Drew. A large portion of my Nancy Drew books were used by Warner Brothers to film an opening sequence for the
movie which should prove to be nostalgia filled!
My collection is available for displays, photographing and
for articles and books. Portions of my collection have been photographed for the production of licensed Nancy
Drew products by Chronicle Books.
You'll see a credit to myself and fellow Sleuth member Karen Finlay on the bottom flap of the fabulous postcards set.
I've provided images of Nancy Drew covers for many news publications and magazines
such as Country Living, Firsts and
Harpers and Queen.
I often consult and offer direction and advice on merchandise--suggestions and even advice on targeting and marketing to fans. Sometimes I'm hired to do a little more and get to be involved more directly through providing images from my collection that go on products to quotes and text, to hands on consulting and helping shape how a product turns out.
Here are some of the neat books and merchandise items I've been honored to be a part of--shown below: Nancy Drew Pocketbook Mysteries, The Lost Files of Nancy Drew, Nancy Drew Paper Dolls, Chronicle Books Stationery products, Lucas Films Young Indiana Jones DVD extra documentary on Edward Stratemeyer, 2007 Nancy Drew movie, the 2010 Nancy Drew Engagement Calendar, a 2007 special release of The Secret of the Old Clock, and a special 80th anniversary edition of The Secret of the Old Clock featuring a page of fun facts I put together:
Quotes from my book, Clues for Real Life: The Classic Wit and Wisdom of Nancy Drew can be found on these neat leather accessories by
Alicia Klein and a Cobble Hill 500-piece Nancy Drew puzzle:
As time allows, I consult on book
identifications and values of Nancy Drew books. School projects and papers on Nancy Drew are quite popular and I have been
happy to help many kids with their research and answer their questions.
Nancy Drew Appearances & Interviews
I have appeared on television for the
NBC Today Show Weekend Edition (Jan. 2004),
NBC-KPNX Phoenix (Oct. 2005),
ABC Good Morning America (Jul. 2009) (See
KSAZ-FOX 10 Phoenix (Oct. 2009), and the
NBC Today Show (Jan. 2010), and NBC-KPNX Phoenix (March 2012).
I've been interviewed on radio and online Blog Talk Radio interviews for various events but notable are the 80th anniversary pieces at
Media Bistro and the
CBC Radio Edward Stratemeyer Documentary. Also during the 85th anniversary of Nancy Drew, I was interviewed for two CBC radio stations and also this
interview done with BBC Newshour.
I have been interviewed about Nancy Drew for The Washington Post, The Iowa Press-Citizen, The Huffington Post, Slate Magazine, Country Living Magazine, Collectors News Magazine, The New York Times, The Associated Press, USA Today, Newsday, LA Daily News, The Boston Globe,
FoxNews.com (twice), Contra Costa News, The East Valley Tribune, The Arizona Daily Star, The Washington Post, Newsweek,
The Times-Picayune, The Gambit Weekly, The Arizona Republic, The San Antonio Express-News, The Eagle-Tribune, Traverse City
Record Eagle, The Toledo Blade, The Sun News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Des Moines Register,
The Baltimore Sun, The Hamilton Spectator, LA City Beat, Copley News Service, Erie-Times News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram,
The Costco Connection, The Flint Journal, The Beaumont Enterprise, The Oregonian, The Burg.com, Deseret News, The Daily Beast, The Patriot-News, Media Bistro, The Orlando Sentinel, The West Orlando News, Upstate Moms, The Charlottesville Daily Progress, The Hook,
The Daily Herald (a Chicago area paper),
The Kansas City Star, and The News Gazette.
Nancy Drew Collection Photos
My extensive Nancy Drew collection can be viewed in four TV setups by clicking on the following
NBC Feb. 2004 Set Up
NBC 12 News Phoenix, AZ 2005 Set Up
Good Morning America (ABC) - July 9, 2009
Fox 10 - Phoenix Affiliate - October 2009.
I love to sleuth through old used book and antique stores
for vintage Nancy Drew, but I have found most of my items at eBay.
Though my collection of books and collectibles
4000 pieces, I am always in search of a few elusive items. Perhaps you might have a few clues to items on my
Want List... I am what people would call an "Anything Nancy"
continually adding to the collection.
Some recent shots of about 85% of the Nancy Drew collection which includes other books by Mildred Wirt Benson and some other series I've begun collecting--shown in one particular shelf, circa Spring 2014. I have other collecting items and lots of paper epthemera stored in a drawer cabinet and flat files which are not shown in the images below. Click on these to view larger images:
The Nancy Drew Sleuths, Event Planning & Upcoming Events
As an event planner, I have been planning social functions for many years. I run a small party company,
The Vintage Party/Vintage Halloween--vintage flair for every affair! With emphasis on my favorite spooky holiday Halloween. As
President of The Nancy Drew Sleuths, I have planned the Sleuths' 15+
annual conventions--the 16th
will be held in New Orleans, LA April 20-24, 2016. I coordinated the
Nancy Drew 75th/Stratemeyer
Syndicate 100th Anniversary Conference which was held in NYC, June 16-19, 2005, and the 3 Nancy Drew Anniversary Mini Cons held in IA, OH, and NJ in 2015. My goal in planning these conventions
and conferences is not only to have an exceptional experience, but to take it to the next level and make the
Nancy Drew mysteries that so many hold dear, really come alive! With no party products on the market
for Nancy Drew,
I have helped
many families and kids plan their own Nancy Drew
parties. I have several printable Nancy Drew party kits and products in the Sleuth Shop. I also am editor-in-chief of the Nancy Drew Sleuths' series zine focusing on girls' and boys' series books--including Nancy
Website & General Research Bibliography
In creating this website and also in separately researching for my upcoming book and various articles, I have
conducted the following research:
Added to my reading and analyzing of the Nancy Drew series, is personal research at the trial archives of the 1980
Grosset & Dunlap trial, the Mildred Wirt Benson archives at the
University of Iowa Women's Archives, the New York Public Library Stratemeyer Syndicate archives which portray a very interesting and factual
history--the big picture if you will--of the Stratemeyer Syndicate and the many people who contributed to its success, personal interviews with
Mildred Wirt Benson, an e-mail interview with a Stratemeyer family member, and other esteemed and dignified researchers
and writers like myself. Any other source material is duly noted throughout this website.
15 of My Favorite Nancy Drewisms
- 1. Russell H. Tandy artwork
- 2. The Hidden Staircase
- 3. Hannah Gruen's cooking
- 4. A baffling mystery
- 5. Fabulous frocks and sleuthing heels
- 6. Moon Lake (how dreamy)
- 7. Roadside tearooms
- 8. A suspenseful cliffhanger
- 9. Lipstick SOS
- 10. Original text melodrama
- 11. The genius of Edward Stratemeyer
- 12. Those snooty Topham sisters
- 13. Dirk Valentine's Treasure
- 14. Ned Nickerson
- 15. Secret passageways
My Most Favorite Nancy Drew Moments
My mom taking me book hunting for those treasured volumes, sneakily reading Nancy Drew books in the
elementary school library during class activities, finding an old school paper where I listed reading Nancy Drew books
as my favorite thing to do, acquiring a first edition first printing of
The Secret of the Old Clock, making wonderful friends through collecting, The Nancy Drew
Sleuths, and this website, and meeting the first Carolyn Keene--Mildred A. Wirt Benson.
Appreciation and Nostalgia
My mother and grandmother encouraged me to read at
an early age and helped spark my interest in Nancy Drew. Nancy Drew wouldn't be Nancy Drew without
Harriet Adams and Mildred Wirt Benson, the real
"Carolyn Keenes," whose contributions to this series and children's series literature helped to foster the enduring legacy
of Nancy Drew.