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HUDSON -- A bestselling author kept her writing secret from everyone but her husband, who wasn't allowed to read it until her first book was published.
Author Mary Kubica June 28, shared her writing experience with more than 50 readers of her "chilling psychological thriller" at the Hudson Library and Historical Society.
"Every Last Lie" is a widow's search for the truth after her husband's tragic death in a car accident that may not have been accidental.
She writes in first person because "I felt like I was outside with a third person perspective."
"Every Last Lie" is written from two points of view, Clara and her husband, Nick, before he dies.
Kubica said she writes each point of view separately and then merges them like a deck of cards being shuffled.
A New York Times and USA Today best selling author, Kubica has written "The Good Girl," Pretty Baby" and "Don't you Cry."
"The Good Girl" was an Indie Next, received a Strand Critic Nomination for Best First Novel and was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards in "Debut Goodreads Author" and "Mystery & Thriller."
Kubica began writing as a young girl and lived vicariously through her characters. She didn't dream of sharing her stories.
"I was shy about writing and kept it private," Kubica said. "I was passionate about writing but didn't want to be an author."
Instead she became a history teacher, but after the birth of her children, she resumed writing.
"I was quickly consumed by it," Kubica said. "I felt guilty not doing other things [chores]."
She learned by trial and error and found her voice with thriller mysteries.
It took Kubica five years to write "The Good Girl." She sent it to nearly 100 agents and was rejected by every one. When the rejections arrived in the mail, she rushed out to retrieve them before her husband saw them.
"It was so demoralizing," Kubica said.
Two years later, an agent contacted her about the book for publication.
"It was a dream come true," she said.
She was contracted to write a second book, "Pretty Baby" but her first proposal was rejected.
"I had only one idea," Kubica said. "I was under deadline and losing time. I needed a new idea."
She had an image of a teen holding a baby and wrote the first chapter, Kubica said.
"It was not inspiration," she said. "It was desperation."
Kubica answered questions from the audience and signed books afterwards, giving fans a chance to meet their favorite author.
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