Sunday, September 17, 2017



Sometimes the truth is darker than fiction. Liza Cole has thirty days to write the thriller that could put her back on the bestseller list. Her tight deadline is further complicated by fertility treatments and a distracted husband that is struggling to keep his firm afloat after the unexplained disappearance of his law partner and friend, Nick. Stressed both professionally and personally, Liza escapes into writing her latest heroine, Beth—a new mother who suspects her husband of cheating. Angry and betrayed, Beth sets out to catch him in the act and ends up tossing the body of her husband’s mistress into the East River. Then the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur. Nick’s body is dragged from the same river and Liza’s husband is arrested for his murder. Before her deadline is up, Liza will have to face up to the truths about those closest to her, including herself. If she doesn’t, the final page of her heroine’s story could be the end of her own. 


A few of your favorite things:
Suspense novels, Spotify, my piano, and my pooch.
Things you need to throw out:
Nearly every first draft.

Things you need in order to write:
An Internet-connected laptop with Word. Also, coffee. 
Things that hamper your writing:
Email. Trump tweets. 

Things you love about writing:
Creating characters, imagining, plotting, inventing, forming pretty sentences. Rediscovering words. Pretty much everything. I even enjoy rewriting.
Things you hate about writing: 


Hardest thing about being a writer: 
Preserving my writing time. 
Easiest thing about being a writer:
No commute. 

Things you love about where you live:
My family is close, my neighbors are awesome, and I love my house.
Things that make you want to move:
General restlessness. Cold weather.

Things you never want to run out of: 
Love. Compassion. Soap.
Things you wish you’d never bought:
A knock-off designer dress from an online company. Serves me right. 

Words that describe you:
Creative, empathetic, driven, fun-loving, talkative, inquisitive.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t:
Impatient, impulsive, quick-tempered.

Favorite foods:
Salmon, swordfish, halibut . . .  I can’t visit aquariums without getting hungry.
Things that make you want to throw up: 
Natto, Okra.

Favorite music or song:
Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine. Whole album.
Music that make your ears bleed:
I think Kidz bop is a genius concept, but there’s only so much an adult can stand.

Favorite beverage:
It’s a tie: water with lemon and Educated Guess Cabernet. 
Something that gives you a pickle face:
Anything with carbonation.

Favorite smell:
My husband’s skin. (The man has good BO)
Something that makes you hold your nose:
Dog poop.

Something you wish you could do:
Speak fluent French or Spanish. 
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: 

Last best thing you ate:
Black cod.
Last thing you regret eating:
Red meat.

Things you’d walk a mile for:
Any cause that helps people. It’s only a mile.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room:
Arachnida. The entire invertebrate class. 

Things you always put in your books:

Things you never put in your books:

Things to say to an author:
I liked (insert anything here) about your book. 

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book:
I meant to read your book, but I’ve been really into this reality television show.

Favorite or genre:
Suspense with magical realism a close second and Russian literature third. 

Books you would ban:
NEVER ban a book.

People you’d like to invite to dinner:
Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, Karen Slaughter
People you’d cancel dinner on:
Ted Cruz.

Favorite things to do:
Write, sing, play piano, hang out with my kids and husband.

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing:
Ghostwriting any prominent business person’s business book/memoir—with a few key exceptions.

Things that make you happy: 
My family, which includes my dog. Writing. Singing. Playing Piano. Dancing. 

Things that drive you crazy:
Elementary school drop off and pick up lanes.


Cate Holahan is the acclaimed author of thrillers The Widower's Wife (Crooked Lane Books, Aug. 2016) and Dark Turns (Crooked Lane Books, Nov. 2015). The former was named one of Kirkus' Best Books of 2016. Her third novel, Lies She Told, was published by Crooked Lane Books on September 12. In her former life, she was an award-winning print journalist. She has written for BusinessWeek, The Boston Globe, and The Record Newspaper, among other outlets. She was also the lead singer of an original rock band that she regularly threatens to reunite. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters, ages 7 and 5, and dog.

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