Thursday, October 13, 2011

Jennifer McGowan: MAID OF SECRETS

Jennifer McGowan has been writing fiction since well before she knew any better. Her first attempt at a full-length Choose Your Own Adventure computer program – written when she was 12 years old – was called “The Silver Key,” and was the story of a young, intrepid adventurer who discovers pirates, underground labyrinths, and mysterious villains; and who then—against all odds—falls in love.

Fast forward through getting $5 a pop for love poems (she's not proud) in Jr. High, a job as editor in chief of her college newspaper, and a year in Paris based largely on her ability to write awesome essays, and Jenn finally got a clue that writing could be a full-time career. It didn't matter—she still sold out and took a job on the dark side of the mountain. Now, however, she lives in the Midwest and spends her days writing for love or money—and sometimes, happily, for both.

A past Romance Writers of America Golden Heart winner and 2011 Golden Heart finalist, Jenn is represented by agent extraordinaire Alexandra Machinist, of Janklow & Nesbit. Her debut novel, MAID OF SECRETS, will be published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in Spring, 2013. You can find Jenn online and on twitter

A historical YA full of swash and buckle, MAID OF SECRETS is the tale of a resourceful thief who is forced to join an elite group of spies in Queen Elizabeth’s court – to find a killer, save the crown, and resist the greatest danger of all: falling in love.

Because, in the end, it seems like every story worth writing about… is about falling in love. 

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