Jenkins grew up in Greektown and she says a lot of what made her Greek, in her mind, was the food. She says her family didn't speak Greek or go to an orthodox church, but they always made Greek food in their home. In the book, Jenkins mentions many places that Detroit natives and Saugatuck resident might recognize, like Christo's Roadhouse in Douglas, Michigan.
Jenkins other interest in policework helped fuse together this mix of family drama and a CSI-like mystery. Jenkins also used her knowledge as a former nurse to fill in the medical details.
She puts a lot of attention into human relationships, especially the how family members and spouses interact with eachother. Jenkins says she put a lot of her experiences over the years in the book."
For a full interview with author Suzanne Jenkins:http://wmuk.org/arts-and more/select/326551/The_Greeks_of_Beaubien_Street__Part_murder_mystery__part_family_drama#.UNS13DHpfUE.mailto
(Thanks to DG for bringing this to my attention)