Welcome! Present Tense is written by Caitlin Wahrer, author of The Damage, and Andromeda Romano-Lax, author of The Deepest Lake (forthcoming 2024), Annie and The Wolves, Plum Rains, Behave, The Detour, and The Spanish Bow.

Our posts publish weekly on Thursdays.

Join us as we explore the world of suspense fiction and wander beyond it, jumping genres, blurring boundaries, making new friends, and indulging our nerdy sides as we investigate books, publishing, the writing life, and anything else we can’t stop thinking about.

Curious how the project got started? Here’s Caitlin’s side of the story.

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Author of THE DAMAGE ("pulled me in from the first page" - Stephen King) https://caitlinwahrer.com/books/
Novelist, book coach, past MFA creative writing faculty, slow triathlete and stubborn language learner. Next novel: THE DEEPEST LAKE (Soho Crime, May 2024). www.romanolax.com.