Meet Maggie Andrews, The Queen of Mean in THE DECEPTION

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Sometimes the villains I create in my novels are downright disturbing, and Maggie Andrews certainly fits the description. She’s the woman readers love to hate in The Deception.

At first glance Maggie is the last person you’d expect to be so mean. She’s a stay-at-home mom who’s married to Scott, a software engineer who she fell in love with when she was nineteen. They have two typical all-American kids and live in a nice home in the suburbs. She and Scott also share a passion for art collecting. Maggie believes she’s living the good life. Unfortunately for her, Scott has been leading a double life, and her perfect world is about to be shattered.

Maggie’s favorite hour of the day is in the morning, right after everyone else has left for the day. That’s when she likes to grab a second cup of coffee and catch up on her email. Then one fateful morning her computer crashes. She calls Scott, who let’s her use his laptop, and her life will take an unexpected turn. She’ll discover that Scott has a second email account, and when her curiosity gets the better of her she’ll hack her way in and learn something she never wanted to know. Her heart breaks, but whatever sympathy readers may feel for her will be short lived. A darker side of Maggie quickly emerges as she hatches a plan for revenge that will have potentially deadly consequences.

Maggie is a fictitious character who wasn’t inspired by anyone I’ve encountered in real-life. (Thank goodness.) She’s a spiteful woman who’s incapable of forgiveness, even after those who have wronged her have admitted to and apologized for their transgressions to her. She’s also the personification of the concept that two wrongs never make a right. That’s why readers love to hate her.

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