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Featured Author of the Month
We interviewed Merry Jones.
My twentieth book comes out in October, another expected in 2020. This one, WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW, is my first domestic suspense novel, a stand-alone. My other novels include the Elle Harrison suspense novels (The Trouble with Charlie, Elective Procedures, and Child’s Play), the Harper Jennings thrillers (Summer Session, Behind the Walls, Winter Break, Outside Eden and In the Woods), the Zoe Hayes mysteries (The Nanny Murders, The River Killings, The Deadly Neighbors, The Borrowed and Blue Murders). I’ve also written five humor books (e.g., I Love Him, But...) and two non-fiction books (e.g., Birthmothers). I won the Best Book Award 2017 for Child’s Play from American Book Fest.
I’ve written all my life, but didn’t try to get published until my forties, while I was home with two small daughters. Didn’t start writing suspense until my husband had a serious cancer that I couldn’t control, so I wrote the cancer as “bad guys” I could overcome. (He’s fine, now. But the stress of the unknown and the powerlessness of my situation set me on a writing path.) I taught college writing for about fifteen years, have been a regular contributor to magazines like Glamour, and earned a B.A. from Cornell and an M.A. from the Annenberg School at Penn. These days, with the Liars Club, I cohost The Oddcast podcast and a monthly writers’ coffeehouse at Main Point Books in Wayne, PA.
In addition to the Liars Club, I belong to the usual suspects: International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and The Authors Guild. When I’m not writing or watching my new baby granddaughter, I’m on the Schuylkill River, sculling as a member of Vesper Boat Club.
My website is MerryJones.com.
WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW comes out October 8 and is available for pre-orders now from your fave indie bookstore or online).
It’s the story of Nora Warren, the wife of a lawyer, mother of two girls, and murderer. Or at least she feels like one.
For decades, Nora has kept secret the facts about her brother’s suicide, even pretending he never existed. But, when she suspects that her husband Dave and close friend Barbara (the wife of a popular Senate candidate) are having an affair, those secrets—and Nora’s dark side—resurface. In the ensuing suspense and conflict, Nora confronts timely issues of good and bad parenting, trust and betrayal, power and abuse of power, bullying and survival. Oh. And murder. Fun, right?
This month, July 24, I’m at Fox Chase Library in Philadelphia PA for a Mystery Writers of America panel. Every third Sunday of the month, I’m at Main Point Books in Wayne, PA for a Liars Club Coffeehouse. Every Thursday, I’m on the Oddcast Podcast via Project Entertainment Network and other sites. In the fall, I’ll have several more appearances at book clubs, bookstores and conferences to support the new book, but don’t have the dates yet. I’ll also have a blog tour and giveaways, etc., to launch the book.
Also, WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW is from Filles Vertes Publisher, distributed through Ingram.
Thanks again. Love you guys–Merry