Marilyn Brant is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction, romantic comedy, and mystery/suspense. Her debut novel, According to Jane, won the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award, and she was named the 2013 Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She's a lifelong Jane Austen fan, has a passion for spies and secret codes, loves travel, music, chocolate, and analyzing novels for Save the Cat! Her latest release is the romantic spy comedy The Secret Life of Maggie Blake (May 2022). Marilyn lives in the northern Chicago suburbs with her family, daydreaming new plot ideas for her next novel. For more about her writing, please visit her website.