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Holly Brown lives with her husband and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she's a practicing marriage and family therapist. She is the author of the novels DON'T TRY TO FIND ME, A NECESSARY END, and THIS IS NOT OVER. Her latest is HOW FAR SHE'S COME, a workplace thriller that's both timely and page-turning. She's also teamed up with three internationally bestselling thriller writers (Sophie Hannah, B.A. Paris, and Clare Mackintosh) for a project from Serial Box called THE UNDERSTUDY.

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Holly Brown I aim to prevent it as best I can. Prevention, for me, means that I'm never looking at a blank page. I always have the next scene planned out, at a mi…moreI aim to prevent it as best I can. Prevention, for me, means that I'm never looking at a blank page. I always have the next scene planned out, at a minimum (usually, I have 3-4 chapters planned, with notes at the top of the page to tell me what scenes need to be written.) This method has been pretty effective.
But on the rare days when I have writer's block, I don't force myself to continue. Because that would create a negative association and generally, I have a positive one with my writing. So I give myself the day off, without any self-flagellation. Remember, beating yourself up is the most reliable way to extend your writer's block! Be supportive of yourself, and you'll do much better work.(less)
Holly Brown I'm about a quarter of the way through a first draft, and my agent feels optimistic, but since I haven't sold it yet, I'm going to keep the particular…moreI'm about a quarter of the way through a first draft, and my agent feels optimistic, but since I haven't sold it yet, I'm going to keep the particulars to myself. I will say, though, that NPR is a treasure trove of ideas for me. Since I write contemporary fiction, I need to stay immersed in what's going on right now. With "Don't Try to Find Me", I happened to catch an episode on NPR that featured Tony Loftis, whose daughter had run away and he'd successfully launched a social media campaign to find her. I took that germ of an idea and fictionalized the bejesus out of it.
My next book will be published in July 2015 (currently titled "More Than Anything" but that's likely to be changed) and was also fertilized by an idea: Potential adoptive parents are using websites to find birth mothers, almost like online dating, and the process is ripe for manipulation (which, as a writer, I can turn into suspense.) And my current book was also vaguely suggested by an NPR story. So I owe them a debt of gratitude, and a monthly pledge. (less)
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Don't Try to Find Me

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This Is Not Over

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A Necessary End

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How Far She's Come

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It's not a thriller, but it is a page-turner. And yes, it's heartbreaking but it's so authentic and beautiful and humane that it's also heart restoring. One measure of a writer is the ability to funnel their own experiences--to distill them--into som ...more
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This book absolutely blew me away. Propulsive, immersive, unique, and so chock full of issues--AI, what it means to be human, grief, parenting an autistic child, misogyny, narcissism, and the tech industry which is rife with both the aforementioned-- ...more
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I'm a big fan of Lisa Jewell. Her characters are layered and well-developed, and the plot twists derive from who they are which means that the twists (and there are plenty) feel plausible. This novel was no exception. I can't say it was one of my abs ...more
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Quick-moving, twisty, and entertaining but the fast pace and twists often seem to come from a lack of character development (that no one can have a lengthy or vulnerable conversation, the sense that people can really do anything at any time.) While S ...more
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This book has my favorite first page in years. I was laughing out loud, which I never do. I also don't read much YA, which is the reason why I'm giving this novel 4 stars instead of 5. More pages from the adult perspective would have been more to my ...more
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I love when legal thrillers are also psychological thrillers. (Sometimes legal thrillers are light on the characterizations and plausible human behavior.) This novel hit a bulls-eye by managing to be both. It was a page turner and kept me engrossed. ...more
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As a therapist and a writer myself, I have immense respect for what's involved in this type of book: how to reveal herself but not too much; how to reveal her patients but not too much; how to reveal the profession but not too much. Really, it's an i ...more
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“Eighth grade is like Lord Of The Flies but with eyeliner.”
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“If teenagers had to fuck to a soundtrack of needy infants, that condom would be on so fast the cock would have rug burn. “I’m pretty”
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“She’s no mother; she’s the antimother.”
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