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End of the Lie Tour: An Author’s (Somewhat Unconventional) Journey to Publication

End of the Lie (Anastasia Phoenix #3) by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Publication Date: March 4, 2019

Publisher: Entangled Teen

With her harrowing tale of espionage and near death experiences finally out in the open, Anastasia Phoenix thought things would be better. That she and her friends had outsmarted Department D, the criminal empire her parents helped create.

She thought wrong.

Former friends have turned to enemies, causing more innocent lives to get swept up into the dangerous world her parents created. Now it’s up to Anastasia to stop the damage before anyone else gets hurt—or worse. She embarks on a treacherous trail from Poland to Prague, and old rivals emerge at every turn. But when the final confrontation occurs, will she be too late to protect the ones she loves… or even herself?

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And now, a few words from the author on her publishing journey!

I did not have the average start to a publishing career. Specifically, I did not grow up knowing that I wanted to be an author. In fact, it took an uncanny push from a Salem, MA psychic to get me to write my first novel.

While writing was a talent I knew I had, creative writing was something I shied away from when I was younger. I stuck to the facts. I scored highly on five-paragraph essays in high school, I became an editor for our high school newspaper, and when I got to college I chose courses based entirely on essay exams. Then, I became a journalism major at Boston Unicversity thinking it was a practical way to apply my skills. Only after a few years in the profession, I realized that I didn’t like being a reporter. In fact, I felt certain that there was something “else” I was supposed to be doing with my life, only I had yet to figure it out.

It wasn’t until years later, while I was planning my wedding, that I had a very curious dream that changed my life. I dreamt that I was the author of a series of young adult novels based on my experiences in middle school. I dreamt the concept for more than three books and it all felt so real.

I immediately told my now-husband, Jordan, who looked at me, tilted his head and said, “Don’t you remember that psychic?”

I hadn’t. Until then.

A few years prior, we had taken a vacation across New England. We stopped in Salem, Mass., home of the witches, right after Halloween. I wanted to see a psychic (when in Rome, right?). It was the only time I’d ever been to one. I was skeptical, so I sat down determined to be vague. I told the psychic that I wanted to know about my career. The first thing she said was, “You’re a writer.” A little surprised, and still cautious, I told her I was a reporter who wrote about “business.” The psychic confidently sat back in her chair and said, “No, no, I don’t see that. You’re an author. You write books, little books, like children’s books.”

I had completely forgotten the entire visit until Jordan reminded me. And, having been raised Catholic, I became convinced it was “a sign.” I vowed to write the novel I dreamt of as soon as we returned from our honeymoon.

I finished my first manuscript in the spring of 2005. At that time, I knew so little about the publishing industry that I literally Googled, “How to get your book published.” I learned that I needed to find a literary agent, so I went to the bookstore and bought a book on literary agents. The book included several chapters on how to navigate the query process and I followed it step-by-step.I started submitting my query letter in June 2005. Two weeks later, I got an agent (seriously lucky, I know) and by July 2005, my book was on submission. To date, that book has yet to be published. However, in 2007, I went on to sell Amor and Summer Secrets to Kensington Publishing for a three-book deal. In 2017, I published Proof of Lies, the first book in the Anastasia Phoenix trilogy. I’m now publishing the third book in that series, End of the Lie. It has been a long road paved with lots of rejection letters, but I am now absolutely certain I am doing exactly what I was meant to do with my life, even if it did take a mystical unconventional push to get me down the path.

More About the Author:

The author, Dana Rodriguez Wallach!

Diana Rodriguez Wallach is the author of the Anastasia Phoenix series, three YA spy thrillers set to debut beginning in March 2017 (Entangled Publishing). She is also the author of three award-winning young adult novels: Amor and Summer Secrets, Amigas and School Scandals, and Adios to All The Drama (Kensington Books); as well as a YA short-story collection based on the Narcissus myth, entitled Mirror, Mirror (Buzz Books, 2013). In 2011, she published a highly regarded essay in Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperCollins). It was the only essay chosen from the anthology by Scholastic to be used in its classroom materials. Diana is featured in the anthology, Latina Authors and Their Muses (Twilight Times Books, 2015), and she is currently on staff as a featured blogger for Quirk Books. In 2010 Diana was named one of the Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch by, and she placed second in the International Latino Book Awards. She is an advisory board member for the Philly Spells Writing Center, and is a Creative Writing instructor for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University, and currently lives in Philadelphia.

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