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Tell Your Story: Hank Phillippi Ryan on Becoming An Author

Ever wondered whether you have it in you to write? A little encouragement from Entice author Hank Phillippi Ryan may be exactly what you need . . .

The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi RyanDo you have a story to tell? What’s stopping you?

You know the magic words—you’ve heard them since you were a child. “Once upon a time…” Just four words, and you instantly know something wonderful is on the way. A new world will unfold, one that makes you laugh and cry, keeps you fascinated and maybe even changes your life.

I’ve always loved telling stories, and I’ve always wanted to write suspense thrillers—from the moment I read my first Agatha Christie!   But as a reporter, of course, I have to stick to the facts. And my stories must be true.

Then one day–it happened. I had a wonderful idea for a thriller. (I knew it was wonderful –and I get the shivers even remembering it.)  From that moment on, I was obsessed with telling my story.  I’d sit in my little office at the computer, and feel the walls fall away and time stand still.  I’d feel my characters come to life from my imagination. Once upon a time…

Jane, the gorgeous TV reporter who’s been fired after protecting a source, on the trail of a secret mistress. Jake, the devoted (and attractive) police officer who’s tracking down a killer. And the elusive “other woman”—whose lust for revenge leads her to ruin the lives of the people she claims harmed her.  As one character in THE OTHER WOMAN says: “You can choose your sin, but you cannot choose your consequences.”

But about halfway through, as I was madly writing along, I realized—I was stymied. Flummoxed.  I didn’t know what came next. So I called my mother, as we all do if we’re lucky, and told her—I love my book. And I know readers will love it! But I’m not sure I can finish it.

There was a pause, then my mother said: “Well, dear, you will if you want to.”

You will if you want to. And I knew then that it was about my passion, my desire, my will to have my writing dream come true. I did want to. I wanted to tell the story.  And now, THE OTHER WOMAN, in a third printing and on several major Best of 2012 lists—has just been nominated for the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark award, announced by the Edgar committees of Mystery Writers of America. That, my dear friends, is as good as it gets!
Do you have a story to tell? What’s stopping you?

My husband and I went to a concert a few weeks ago—Judy Collins, do you remember her? A fabulous  folksinger and award-winning songwriter, iconic in the 70’s and still going strong. Beautiful, brilliant and incredibly talented.

She told us that as a girl growing up in Colorado, she’d been trained to be a concert pianist. Her parents had pushed her, encouraged her, expected her to follow that road. But, she told us, she knew she wanted to be a folksinger.

So, she said, at age 19, she left home.  “I moved to New York,” she told us, “And took all my songs with me.”  She paused, then said, “Of course I hadn’t written any of them yet.”

And that touched my heart. Because we all have songs—we all have stories—that we may not have written yet. But there’s still time!  And my story is proof that it can work.

So. Do you have a story to tell? What’s stopping you?

THE OTHER WOMAN is available in ebook from Piatkus Entice now. Watch the video below then grab your copy now!

The Other Woman nominated in the Edgars

The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi RyanWe’re absolutely thrilled to announce that Hank Phillippi Ryan’s novel, The Other Woman, has been nominated in the Edgars for the Mary Higgins Clark award!

The Edgars is put on by The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) and is widely acknowledged in the States to be the most prestigious awards in the genre of crime and mystery. The Mary Higgins Clark category is for books most closely written in the Mary Higgins Clark Tradition.

Among her guidelines is the presence of a clear, strong female protagonist. She should be self-made and independent and solve her problems by her own courage and intelligence. The main character and strong voice of Jane Ryland is one aspect of The Other Woman that particularly rallied us behind this book. We couldn’t be more proud of Hank and The Other Woman!

Congratulations from all of us here at Piatkus!

The Other Woman is available from Piatkus Entice now.

Hank Phillippi Ryan on The Other Woman

To celebrate publication of her debut novel The Other Woman, Hank Phillippi Ryan (left, with Lee Child) shares the story of how her dreams came true . . .

What if your hearts’ desire is right around the corner?

I promise you—it is. And let me tell you why.

I’ve always wanted to write mysteries—ever since I read my first Sherlock Holmes short story back when I was eight or so. I was kind of a bookish girl, a loner, and Holmes and Watson were my best friends. (Well, my only friends.) And the idea that they could be clever and track down clues and solve mysteries and find the bad guy  became simply—my life’s ambition.

Fast forward—instead of becoming a mystery author, I became a television reporter, now an investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate.  It is, actually, kind of Holmes-like—I track down clues and follow leads and, I’ve wired myself with hidden cameras and confronted corrupt politicians and chased after criminals. And I did think I had made my life’s career decision. I’m a reporter—have been for the last thirty years!—and happily and successfully so.

The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi RyanBut then, a few years ago, I got a great idea for a mystery novel. You know what it’s like to get a good idea, right? You know it to your core—and I even get goosebumps telling you about it.  From that moment, I was obsessed with writing my first novel.   And from that moment, my life changed.

And here’s the instructive part:  My little-girl dreams of being a mystery novelist had come true—years later, yes.  But I never could have predicted what was right around the corner for me.  But I’m the proof it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

So let me offer you a new holiday. My husband and I don’t celebrate the anniversary of the day we met. We celebrate the anniversary of the day before we met. And we call it “You Never Know Day.”

Think about it. On a random Thursday one summer, now fifteen years ago!–  Jonathan and I were going about our separate lives, having no idea the other existed.

The next day–on a random Friday–Jonathan and I met at a country house on the coast of Massachusetts.  I took one look at him—and he took one look at me—and we have not been apart since then. We are happy and thriving and delighted with what the universe has provided.

Think about that—on that Thursday, our lives were one way. The next day—our dreams had come true. You never know.

And now, my fifth novel—THE OTHER WOMAN–a page-turner of a suspense thriller about sex, secrets and duplicity—is about to be published.  Have you ever wondered about THE OTHER WOMAN?  Who would play that role? And why? And how do these illicit couples believe they’ll never get caught? And why don’t they care? Might there be a reason we’ve never imagined before?

Lee Child calls THE OTHER WOMAN “a big juicy story”—that “does everything a great suspense novel should.”

And that’s why if you’re feeling like true love will never arrive, that your life is a certain way that cannot be changed, that your dreams cannot come true—celebrate you never know day with me. Because you never know what’s around the next corner, do you?

And it might be everything you ever wished for.

To find out more visit Hank Phillippi Ryan’s website or follow her on Facebook or Twitter @hank_phillippi


The Other Woman: The Ultimate Romantic Suspense

The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi RyanWe’re hugely excited to announce the arrival of Hank Phillippi Ryan on the Entice list. With dirty politics, dirty tricks and a barrage of final twists, The Other Woman is the first in an explosive new series of seduction, betrayal and murder.

This novel is getting rave reviews amongst the Entice team, but don’t just take our word for it. Below five internationally bestselling authors sing the praises of The Other Woman.

Does everything a great suspense novel should . . . Ryan raises the bar sky-high – I knew she was good, but I had no idea she was this good.
Lee Child

Fast-talking, quick-thinking, schooled in the gritty reality of crime reporting, Jane Ryland works to rehabilitate her professional reputation while she establishes herself in a new job, complete with a rival, a new man in her sights, and a serious problem on her hands; all of it coming together in a heart-stopping finale. Innocent bystanders beware! This series is off and running. You better hope you can catch up.
Sue Grafton

A rocket ride of a thriller!  Ryan effortlessly captures the frenetic pace of colliding lives, cutting edge journalism, and killer secrets, as only a true insider would know. Brava!
Lisa Gardiner

What a wonderful heroine! Anyone who loves smart, multi-dimensional characters will fall for Jane Ryland. It’s a thrilling ride and a thrilling read.
Louise Penny

The Other Woman is the book that will launch her onto the national bestseller lists: a thriller that twists so fast it’ll leave you gasping. If you think you know where this story’s going, you don’t – but I promise, you won’t want to wait to find out.
Joseph Finder