Sparkle Abbey is the pen name of two friends and neighbors, Mary Lee Woods and Anita Carter, who write the Pampered Pets mystery series together. The name is a combination of their rescue pets' names: Sparkle (Mary Lee's cat) and Abbey (Anita's dog).
Mary Lee Salsbury Woods is the "Sparkle" half of Sparkle Abbey. She is president of Sisters in Crime – Iowa and a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death, the RWA Mystery Suspense chapter, Sisters in Crime, and the SinC internet group Guppies. She lives in Central Iowa with her husband, Tim, and Sparkle the rescue cat namesake of Sparkle Abbey. In her day job she is the non-techie in the IT Department.
Anita Carter is the “Abbey” half of Sparkle Abbey. She is Vice-President of Sister’s In Crime – Iowa and is also a member of Mystery Writers of America and Kiss of Death the RWA Mystery Suspense chapter. In Anita’s day job, she works for a staffing company in sales and marketing. She also lives in Central Iowa with her husband and four children, son-in-law, grandchild and two rescue dogs, Abby and Chewy.