I wrote my first thriller in the first grade. It was a 25-word handwritten book (complete with illustrations) about me and my cat Kitty wandering around the woods. I can’t remember what made it a thriller – maybe it had aliens or vampires or an indestructible army of Northern Michigan ticks – but I seem to remember it being very exciting. From that moment on, (with the exception of a five-year stretch where I wanted to be Jane Pauley), I knew that writing was exactly what I wanted to do with my life.
The thing is, writing is hard. Not the actual writing part – that’s actually really fun – but the getting published part. That’s downright soul-sucking. I was blessed to have my memoir put into print in 2014, of course, but I’ve always wanted to write fiction. So for the last few years, I’ve been writing fiction. I’m not going to lie, I’m not the fastest writer in the world, and I could probably be a lot more diligent with my writing schedule, so it’s been a long haul. Needless to say, I’ve managed to write some stuff. And I’m so excited to announce that I am now officially an agented writer represented by the talented publishing veteran Renée Fountain of Gandolfo Helin & Fountain Literary Management in New York. And, even though my husband is afraid to sleep next to me at night after reading my work, I look forward to working with her to get my debut thriller RUNNING IN THE DARK into the hands of the right publisher and into print! Wish me luck! I can’t wait to see what this next chapter holds. I’ll keep y’all posted!