This thriller was written by a CIA analyst on maternity leave

This thriller was written by a CIA analyst on maternity leave

Many ladies say they’re going to put in writing a novel on their maternity depart, however Karen Cleveland really did so throughout a yearlong maternity depart from the CIA, the place she labored as an analyst (Cleveland can also be a Fulbright scholar.)

“Have to Know” (Ballantine Books), out Tuesday, is a page-turner of a novel a couple of CIA analyst with kids, a home within the DC suburbs and a loving husband who seems to be a deep-cover Russian agent. Now she’s acquired an not possible option to make: loyalty towards nation — or her imperiled household?

The concept for her novel had been behind her thoughts for years.

“While you work for the CIA, you hear lots of issues in regards to the potential for international brokers to get near you. I met my husband across the identical time I began working there, and at first he appeared a bit too good to be true,” says Cleveland, who lives in northern Virginia together with her husband and two sons.

“So it was on my thoughts. Fortunately, [unlike in the novel], my husband simply is a good man.”

As for the “course of” of writing a novel on maternity depart, there was not a lot time for the posh of a daily routine.

“My routine was just about to slot in writing at any time when I may,” says Cleveland. “When my older son was at preschool and youthful son was napping, or after they went to mattress at evening. I didn’t have lengthy durations of time, it was right here and there. I’d be at playgrounds with them and I’d be plotting scenes in my head, then would write the whole lot out at evening.”