My pseudonym is M.E. Anders.
My life reads like a tale of escape from a modern-day Jonestown. Born the preacher’s kid of a burgeoning fundamentalist society, I battled critical thinking as the unforgivable sin. A near-perfect role model for my religious peers, I won senior superlative for “Most Spiritual” in my class. Solely surrounded by Christian patriarchy quashing questions like unsightly marks upon their holy flesh, I challenged the cult leader face-to-face.
As a result of my confrontation and ensuing flight, my psyche was altered beyond that of the American girl-next-door. In my sectarian college, I studied courses ranging from Understanding Your Husband to Baptist Distinctives. Quite an education to prepare a sheltered woman for a culture outside the group, yet another tactic to deter deserters. Since a writer is both voracious observer and obsessive thinker, these traits forced me to abandon status, future, friends, and a family smoldering in cult suppression.
After graduation, I began fashioning my persona from the ashes of the woman I had decimated. Self-identity for a female was non-existent in my prior group, unless attached to a prominent male figure. In this attempt to discover myself, I dabbled in various occupations: pet store cashier, social services assistant, seamstress, nursing home activities aid, food services cook, urban missions intern, live-in caregiver, personal trainer, exercise instructor, and fitness director. These careers provided life experience, catalysts to my dream of writing full-time. I pillaged my twenty-five years of experiences to become fuel for my daring novels. Unafraid to contest the culturally acceptable answers to the big questions, I strive to illuminate truth through thriller fiction.
A recovering Christian, I understand both sides of the religious coin. Not a stereotypical atheist, I embrace rational discussions with believers and skeptics alike. My teenage self was most influenced by Christian celebrity author, Ted Dekker. He expresses the psychological value attained through supernatural belief. I flip that perception to contend that the mind is optimal when thinking freely, outside the confines of religious doctrine.
I pen psychological tales exploring the difficult questions of the human condition through thrillers. These sagas excite the mind and stop the heart. Weaving webs of twisting plots are my specialty, horror tempered by mind-bending drama. Presenting inspirational talks, I overcome my innate introversion. I speak to mesmerize the listeners. Telling a gripping story to a room filled with wide-eyed children or incredulous adults fulfills me. My passion is to shed light where all is darkness. To bring hope to those living in shadows. Fiction and fact blur seamlessly into my gripping thriller novels.
A devoted wife to husband J.O., whom I thank for his support of my writing career, I live in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.
My upcoming books are my Prey to the Gods Series, featuring the psychological journeys of the fundamentalist inner circle + Entendre, a thriller noir novel.
Book One of my Prey to the Gods Series: Playing God
My Novel Pitch: Jonestown princess defies the Exorcist.
One Sentence Novel Synopsis: How will seduced Anna escape her religious cult and confront its all-powerful tyrant while trying to rescue her betrothed from his clutches?
My Novel Trailer: What would you risk to escape the only world you had ever known...the sanity of a mentor or the virtue of a friend? Knowing you need to get out is not enough. You must escape the clutches of an all-powerful tyrant empowered by the Word of God. Risking the love of your betrothed. Losing the prestige of an heiress. Psychological threats tempt your resignation. The stakes are higher than you calculated. It’s your life in exchange for the truth.
Book Two of my Prey to the Gods Series: Twice Tempted
My Novel Pitch: Brokeback Mountain duels Megalomaniac Manson
One Sentence Novel Synopsis: Will heir Kent Reagan survive the Tests of the Tempted, to uncover his true identity and seize control of the deadly religious sect from megalomaniac pastor, Levi Morgan, and his deluded mistress, Violet Calhoun?
My Novel Trailer:
Kent Reagan is heir to the pastorate of Faith Deliverance Ministries. Because of Kent’s growing popularity amongst the congregation, megalomaniac interim pastor, Levi Morgan, struggles to maintain control of the cult. Kent begins discovering the sinister secrets of the leaders he idolizes. To prove his worthiness for cult leadership, Kent must pass the Tests of the Tempted before progressing. Each of these tests is a matter of life or death for all involved. The future rests in his ability to live up to his birth prophecy voiced by Violet Calhoun, the deviant mistress. Kent’s innate passion threatens to derail his best intentions and sear his battered conscience. He realizes the Test of Thrice Tempted was rigged. His lover betrays him. There’s only one way out…or so he thinks.
My Novel Pitch:
Female Dexter meets the Sex Files.
One Sentence Novel Synopsis:
What if a single mother embarks on a vicious vendetta against a local sex offender after her child is allegedly abused?
Ten Themes Explored in Entendre:
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