If Tom Clancy and Janet Evanovich had a daughter who grew up to join the CIA, her name would be Vivian Carmichael, and this would be her story.
"I was a case officer for the CIA before I started selling flowers and saccharine greeting cards in Savannah's most popular florist shop. 'Tinker Tailor Florist Spy' sounds like the lead-in for a sassy chick-lit novel, doesn't it? I assure you, there is absolutely nothing sassy about my story..."
A spy thriller following a female CIA officer during her first solo assignment, fans of Homeland, Atomic Blonde, and Alias will enjoy all of the books in the Pistils series, which have been called “as thrilling as they are passionate."
One of the greatest compliments I've received was when a reader asked me when I'd visited Bulgaria. I've never visited Bulgaria! (...yet...) Knowing that I'd done enough research to make the reader feel as though we'd hopped a plane together to that beautiful country brought me more satisfaction than any number of sales ever could.
When I'm reading a book, if an author is sloppy about creating a believable, realistic setting, it takes me right out of the story. I do read for enjoyment, and for escape, and that's hard to do when I'm cringing over an error that Wikipedia could have easily caught.
Now all that being said...who's up for going to Bulgaria with me??
Three-quarters of the way to Sofia, I stopped in a small village, hoping to find something to still the increasing growl in my stomach. A tiny general store was still open, and after I politely greeted the proprietors in my almost-perfect Bulgarian, the owner and his wife clucked over me traveling alone and invited me to dinner at their home. After I explained that I was expected in Sofia, they quickly wrapped up some bread, cheese and olives for me. Their warm smiles made a quiet zing of pain go through my heart; I was coming to love this country more than I’d ever anticipated.