won a National Indie Excellence 2012 Book Award, and is a finalist for the 2012 Readers Favorite award for dramatic fiction.
"I love it when a book shocks the hell out of me. Bella was it." Naomi Blackburn, Moderator, Goodreads' Sisterhood of the Traveling Book Club.
From the Author
The cliche is, write what you know. I know journalism, tennis, and a little bit about the relationships between men and women. Bella
is usually described as a political thriller, but the novel is mostly about the relationship between Bella, the alluring widow, and Dan, the married reporter she persuades to help her uncover the truth about her husband's death.
I covered several tragic events over a long reporting career, and have always been interested in how people respond to profound grief. I have seen some survivors withdraw to the point of near-invisibility, and others channel their sorrow into furious action that in some cases impacted public policy. I'm also interested in how people act when faced with tough ethical choices - essentially what people do when a decision must be made and no one is watching. The action in Bella is driven largely by ethical decisions key characters make on the battlefield and in the bedroom.
I relate most to Dan, the reporter and narrator, since I - like Dan - know the world of daily journalism and am also a storyteller. That said, I would not have made some of the choices Dan makes, particularly with regard to getting emotionally entangled with an important source. Doing so compromises his professional integrity and results in dire consequences.
Readers always ask me what I think about Bella. I think the tragedy that befalls Bella causes profound grief and recasts her personality. In the end, I view her as a complex but flawed character with many admirable traits.