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Jennifer McMahon

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I'm the author of nine suspense novels, including Promise Not to Telll, The Winter People, and most recently, The Invited. I live in central Vermont with my partner and daughter, in an old Victorian that some neighbors call The Addams Family house.

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Jennifer McMahon Oh my gosh, that’s such a hard question to answer! I think I’d have to say Promise Not To Tell, not because I think it’s my very best, top of my game …moreOh my gosh, that’s such a hard question to answer! I think I’d have to say Promise Not To Tell, not because I think it’s my very best, top of my game writing, but because it was my first published novel. That book began my writing career – it opened doors and took me places I never dreamed it would. Although it was my first published book, it was actually the fourth novel I wrote. My earlier novels were great learning experiences, but I was kind of floundering and trying to find my voice. I was also writing what I thought other people expected me to write. Promise began when I asked myself a super important question, a question I recommend all aspiring writers ask – “What’s the book I most want to read?” The answer came back loud and clear – a ghost story. So I sat down and started writing the story of Del, the Potato Girl, who is still one my all time favorite characters. (less)
Jennifer McMahon Thanks for the question, Shanda! I have a new book coming out in April – it’s called The Drowning Kind. I'll be sharing more details here soon, so sta…moreThanks for the question, Shanda! I have a new book coming out in April – it’s called The Drowning Kind. I'll be sharing more details here soon, so stay tuned! Right now, I'm hard at work on the book that will follow that, which is a story about monsters and monstrousness which moves back and forth between the present day and the 1970s. That one's still in very early stages so I'm not ready to say much yet (mostly because so much is likely to change!). I’m also playing around with a couple of other story ideas. For me, writing is a little like cooking – I’ve got the next book on the front burner and I’m giving it most of my attention, but there are always other things simmering away on back burners! It’s also great because when I get stuck, or when a book is with my editor, I’ve always got something else to work on for a while.
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I am thrilled to announce that my next book, The Drowning Kind, will be published by Gallery/Scout Books on April 6, 2021! It’s about a woman who returns to the old family home in Vermont after her sister mysteriously drowns in its swimming pool. When Jax arrives at the house to go through her sister’s things, she learns that Lexie was researching the history of their family and the property. And Read more of this blog post »
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“Sometimes what a person needs most is to be forgiven.”
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Samantha Boyette Any chance there is a new book coming out soon?


Dustin Greetings, Jennifer!

I hope this finds you well.:)


I really appreciate the friendship acceptance, thank you!


Adrianna Thanks so much for adding me as a friend, Jennifer. I hope you don't mind if I invite you to my reading group. Feel free to decline the invitation if you are not interested. I look forward to writing reviews on your books in the near future! I'm such a fan!


Pamela Hey Jennifer...Thanks for accepting my friend request.


Daniel
Hi Jennifer, I've added Promise Not to Tell, Island of Lost Girls and your other book My Tiki Girl to my to-read list.


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