As a writer, I never know where I will find inspiration for my next novel. The spark for my latest thriller, The Devil's Madonna, came when I discovered an old tattered carton in an upstairs closet. It was filled with scrapbooks and publicity photos of my mother-in-law, who had been an actress in 1930s Berlin.
I was intrigued by the incongruous glamour of the photos, taken shortly before a very dark period in history. And I thought...what if? What if there had been another young, beautiful actress? Perhaps a fearful, desperate woman with a hidden identity. And what if this actress became involved with the wrong people and did things that would haunt her and her descendants throughout their lives?
And so I wrote The Devil's Madonna, set in present day Miami Beach and 1930s Berlin. In it, a young artist, pregnant with her first child and a recent convert to Judaism, tries to unravel her grandmother's past, never imagining just how terrifying the truth could be.
The Devil's Madonna is about guilt, fear, hate, and redemption. And yes. It's controversial. Because I believe in order to go forward, we must consider the question...what if?
New York Times best-selling author Jeffery Deaver says, "The Devil's Madonna is rich with high-concept, captivating characters and a relentless plot that simply won't let go."
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