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Rose: This was by far the most challenging and most personal book I ever had to write. I can’t believe I actually did it. Big parts of this book are taken from my own #metoo story. I have been dealing with this for the past year and felt it needed to be told.
It all began last year when I was contacted by a journalist from Denmark, where I am from. She told me she was doing a documentary about sexual harassment in the Danish media. She contacted me because my name kept coming up during her research. I used to be a reporter at a major national TV network and was also an anchor before moving to the States, where I started writing books. When the journalist contacted me, I hadn’t thought about any of those old stories for twenty years. Suddenly, it was all I could think about. It came back to me in these violent flashbacks that completely floored me.
Just like Rachel in the book, I found myself crying for entire days and unable to function properly. I had repressed this for so long; I had almost completely forgotten it. But now, it was back, and it almost knocked me out. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep, but worst of all, I couldn’t write, and that’s what I love to do. I spoke to a therapist, and she told me I needed to talk about it. I had to go through a healing process, and part of it was talking about it.
So, I finally told my story. First to my loved ones, then to some lawyers, and finally to the journalist while on camera. A few months later, two of the three men involved were fired from the network. One of them was the most prolific anchor our nation has ever had, so it was a big story back home. We all grew up with him, watching him deliver the news or be funny on quiz shows, and now he had his own talk show. Until he was fired. Because my story is similar to the young woman, who is killed in this book.
It all happened while I was an intern, but I never told anyone. I decided to hide it away because I was so embarrassed and blamed myself. The last guy who became the news director back then doesn’t work at the network anymore but is an editor-in-chief of a prominent newspaper, so nothing has so far happened to him.
But the documentary hasn’t been aired yet. It will be soon, and then we’ll see what happens. I am super nervous about when it does since the entire country will know my story, but I also know that telling my story is important, and hopefully, it will help someone else stand up for themselves. Maybe it can hinder this from happening to more women.
Rose: I wanted my main character Eva Rae Thomas to go back to her old neighborhood where she lived before her divorce, so it had to be Washington D.C. She’s going there to help the woman who was her husband’s mistress, even if she doesn’t want to.
Rose: Right now I am reading a book by Mary Higgins Clark called A Cry in the Night. When she died recently I decided to read my way through all of her books, and I found them quite enjoyable.
Rose: I have just started writing a prequel which I am very excited about. It’s fun to dive back into my main character’s past.
FBI-profiler Eva Rae Thomas faces a devious plan in multi-million-copy bestselling author Willow Rose’s blood-rushing thriller of murder and revenge.
A girl falls from the penthouse floor of an apartment in Washington, D.C.
Media Mogul Richard Wanton owns the apartment and is seen standing on the balcony when the girl falls.
He is accused of killing her, but the FBI struggles to find enough solid evidence to convict him.
They have a witness, someone who was in the apartment when it happened, but she doesn’t want to talk to them.
She’ll only speak to one person, ex-FBI profiler Eva Rae Thomas. The problem is, Eva Rae Thomas has no interest in talking to her.
As a matter of fact, she’d rather see this woman dead than have to face her. But Eva Rae Thomas isn’t someone who can leave a case alone, especially not when she starts to ask questions and things aren’t adding up.
As she digs in deeper—with the entire world watching—she soon finds herself in too deep and realizes she can’t trust anyone’s motives.
But by then, it is too late, and the killer is already tracking her down.
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