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Thomas and Mercer Author and her Debut Mystery

This week, I’m thrilled to introduce Thomas and Mercer author Dea (DH) Poirier. A member of the ITW Debut Author Class, Poirier’s Next Girl To Die launches May 1.

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The Author

Dea (D.H.) Poirier was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she got her start writing in creative writing courses.  She attended The University of Central Oklahoma for Computer Science and Political Science.

Later, she spent time living on both coasts, and traveling the United States, before finally putting down roots in Central Florida. She now resides somewhere between Disney and the swamp, with her son, two dogs and two cats.

To learn more about D.H Poirier, visit her on TwitterFacebookGoodreadsAmazonWebsite, and  Bookbub 

The Book

It’s been fifteen years since Claire Calderwood’s sister, Rachel, was brutally murdered in their small hometown in Maine.

Claire has finally carved out a life for herself as a homicide detective in Detroit, but the past comes calling when the local police back home ask for her help with a murder eerily similar to Rachel’s.

Claire returns home to investigate and as she digs into the case, the killer sets his sights on her.

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The Interview

Describe your publishing journey:

I signed with my agent, Laura Bradford, in 2015, for a YA Historical Supernatural Thriller. I wrote a few other YA projects after signing, then she recommended I try my hand at adult projects with darker heroines.

That’s what I did for Next Girl to Die, I was nervous to see how it would do on submission. But Thomas and Mercer snatched it up very quickly.

“I was nervous to see how it would do on submission. But Thomas and Mercer snatched it up very quickly.”

What inspired you to write this novel?

I’d been inspired to write some darker heroines from my agent’s guidance. I went on a true crime binge and read Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.

Those two things coupled together sparked my interested in writing a detective that’s emotionally damaged with a dark past.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on the next book in the Calderwood Cases series, which will be a continuation of Next Girl to Die.

Congratulations on your debut novel! Great to have you here.

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Elena Hartwell

Author and developmental editor.

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