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I’m the New York Times Bestselling author of eleven suspense novels including The Winter People and Promise Not To Tell. My latest, The Children on the Hill, will be out in April. I’ve written about ghosts, serial killers, shape shifting monsters, an evil fairy king, a kidnapping rabbit, and now, a terrifying swimming pool.

My first novel was, at its heart, a ghost story.  That novel drew me to write about the unexplained, the dark side, the fears that keep me awake at night, the way the past haunts the present.  When studying writing in college and grad school, again and again I was told: Write what you know.  But over the years, I have developed my own mantra, one which is so vital to who I am and what I do that I had it tattooed on my wrist: Write what scares you.

I live in Vermont (in a creepy old Victorian on a hill) with my partner, Drea, and our daughter, Zella. When I’m not writing, I spend a lot of time exploring the dark Vermont woods and seeking out haunted places, real and imagined.

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