He Started It

My editor, Jen Monroe. With a never-ending amount of patience and skill, she managed to guide this book from what was basically a first draft into a finished novel (and she dragged me kicking and screaming the whole way).

Lauren Burnstein, my publicist at Berkley, who I swear gets more done in a day then I get done in a week. She manages to get the most amazing coverage for my books.

Fareeda Bullert and Jessica Mangicaro, the marketing wizards of Berkley who perform miracles. I don’t know how they do what they do, but I am grateful for it.

My copyeditor, Scott Jones, who not only checks my grammar but fact-checked every single thing in the book, and I am so happy he did!

Emily Osborne and Anthony Ramondo, who are the most incredible cover designers on the planet.

A big thanks to Joel Richardson and the whole Michael Joseph team in the UK, who have done such a fantastic job promoting both My Lovely Wife and He Started It.

Over the past couple of years, I have met so many talented and amazing authors. Several have been kind enough to read early copies of this book and provide wonderful blurbs for it. Thank you to Mary Kubica, Christina McDonald, Kaira Rouda, Wendy Walker, Hannah Mary McKinnon, Samantha Bailey, Michele Campbell, Mark Edwards, and Maureen Connelly. Your words are invaluable!

I also have to thank all of the amazing booksellers I was able to meet this year, and I was so lucky to visit some of your amazing bookstores. A special thanks to Garden District Books in New Orleans; Murder by the Book in Houston; Anderson’s in LaGrange, Illinois; Book Passage in Corte Madera, Calfornia; and Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee. Many, many thanks to Pamela Klinger-Horn, Britton Trice, Mary O’Malley, Daniel Goldin, the Petrocelli family, and McKenna Jordan for being such wonderful supporters.

To the book bloggers, bookstagrammers, online reviewers, and podcasters: No author would be where they are without all of you!

To the readers, the wonderful people who have this book in their hands: Thank you for coming on this journey with me. I cannot express how grateful I am.

I would never have been published without the help and support of my two main writing besties, Rebecca Vonier and Marti Dumas, who always tell me the truth. I can’t ask for more than that.

My day job ‘work family’ has been incredibly supportive of my new career, and for this I am so thankful.

Last but never least, my family. I would not be here at all without your love and support!