Truth and Other Lies


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$18.99  $17.66
Ten16 Press
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.5 X 0.9 inches | 0.83 pounds

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About the Author

Maggie Smith loves a challenge. In a career that's included work as a journalist, a psychologist, and the founder of a national art consulting company, in 2022 she added published author to her resume with the release of her debut novel, Truth and Other Lies, released by Ten16 Press. Raised in Oklahoma but a resident of Wisconsin since her mid-twenties, she relishes the supportive community of writers she discovered through the Women's Fiction Writers Association, and to give back, she hosts their weekly podcast Hear Us Roar where she interviews debut authors about their novel and their path to publication. There are now over 167 episodes available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and I Heart Radio. Her short story, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, appeared in the 2018 anthology False Faces and she's a regular monthly blogger for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. She's also on the board of the Chicago Writer's Association, where she's Managing Editor of their on-line literary publication The Write City Magazine. She makes her home in Milwaukee, WI with her husband Scott and her aging, but adorable Sheltie.


Twisty, timely, and rivetingly thought-provoking, Smith mines the intensity of competition, the duplicity of the human psyche, and the terrifying knowledge that with one wrong decision, your life can be changed forever. This author knows her journalism-the pressure, the stress and the compulsion for the big story-and deeply understands the tension and conflicts women battle when their professional and personal lives are set on a collision course.

-Hank Phillippi Ryan, Emmy-winning investigative reporter and USA Today bestselling author of Her Perfect Life

The political skews personal in this debut, which focuses on the bonds of powerful women in the rough-and-tumble world of politics and government. Smith's characters sometimes do each other in, more often do each other proud, always with an awareness of the fragility of reputation set against the abiding strength of spirit. Smith leads with boldness and heart from the first page.

-Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and The Good Son

Truth and Other Lies is my favorite kind of novel-one that tackles tough topics in a breezy, compulsively readable way. Maggie Smith is a welcome new voice in fiction.

-Camille Pagán, bestselling author of Don't Make Me Turn This Life Around

Expert storytelling, and a sharp exploration of the complex relationships between women-mothers and daughters, mentors and protégés, best friends and frenemies-are at the heart of Maggie Smith's compelling and savvy page-turner. Good thing books are calorie-free, I gobbled it down in a single afternoon.

-Karen Karbo, author of In Praise of Difficult Women

Keenly observant, tense, and smart, Smith unravels the complexity of being a journalist in a time where loyalty, motherhood, and the medium itself are in a constant state of flux. Truth and Other Lies has everything you want in a book and more.

-Ann Garvin, USA Today bestselling author of I Thought You Said This Would Work

This ambitious debut tackles not only mother-daughter dynamics and family secrets, but also the workplace and real-world politics affecting modern women. Written with an engaging, conversational tone, the story conflicts are both realistic and substantial.

-Jamie Beck, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author

Truth and Other Lies promises three women, two secrets, and one lie and boy does it deliver. Smith deftly weaves serious social issues such as abortion, sexual harassment, and toxic social media with the more typical women's fiction themes of female friendship, mother-daughter conflict, and romantic relationships, resulting in a taut and timely story.

-A.H. Kim, author of A Good Family

In the thrilling novel Truth and Other Lies, a young reporter works to uncover the truth, which could have ruinous implications for others.

-Foreword Reviews

An engaging and topical tale of politics and journalistic ethics with a feminist slant.

-Kirkus Reviews

An impressively original, inherently engaging, fully entertaining, and truly memorable read from first page to last.

-Midwest Book Review

Truth and Other Lies captures the essence of newsrooms, political campaigns, and Chicago itself.

-Catherine Johns, professional speaker, former broadcast journalist for 25 years, primarily at WLS Chicago