Hello, my name is Susan May Warren, author and small-town resident. My newest novel is You Don’t Know Me (which releases September 21!).
Annalise Decker is a model wife and mother—she participates in the PTA, her kids’ sports games, and her husband’s mayoral race. But what no one knows is that twenty years ago, Annalise was really Deidre O’Reilly, who was placed in the Witness Security Program because she testified against a dangerous criminal. Her secrets come to haunt her when an FBI agent returns to tell her the dangerous criminal is out on parole and out for revenge. (And you can hear a little more about the book by watching this video!)
This novel began on a flight to Portland. I sat next to a woman fidgeting in her seat, clearly distraught at some turmoil in her heart. After a few nudges from the Lord, I leaned over to ask her how she was, and why she was going to Portland.
“To say goodbye to my daughter, who is going into the witness security program.” Wearing a haunted expression, she looked at me. “She witnessed a murder and now the family of the convicted killer is threatening her. She isn’t safe.”
I stared at her. “For how long will she be in hiding?”
“Forever,” she said.
I swallowed. After a moment, “How old is your daughter?”
Now that the book release is just weeks away, I’ve been able to look back and see that we all keep secrets, and frankly, many of us are living dual identities: the one the world knows and the one created by the secret in our heart. God sees them both, and He still loves you. More, He longs to set you free. He can free you. Heal you. Fix your marriage, your family, your situation. I know because I’ve seen him do this in my life.
Growing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, Susan May Warren learned to love city life, although she’s a woodsy girl at heart. She loves God, her family, her country, and her church, and she feels privileged every day to be able to write stories that she hopes inspire and entertain. Her book, Happily Ever After, was a Christy Award Finalist in 2004. You can visit her website/blog, or contact her via Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you Susan for sharing your latest novel with my readers!
Disclosure: This post is for the enjoyment of my readers. My name is thrown in the hat for a drawing of an ARC copy of this book. No compensation has been received and I would share anyway because I love supporting authors.