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Author Annie Ward’s ‘Beautiful Bad’ is October’s pick at The Bookstore Plus

SARANAC LAKE — On the first Tuesday of every month, The Bookstore Plus hosts a unique Book Club experience where readers have the opportunity to discuss the book club pick with the author via video chat. Annie Ward, author of “Beautiful Bad,” will join the bookstore Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. via Skype to discuss and answer questions about her book. The book club and event are open to the public. A copy of “Beautiful Bad” can be found at The Bookstore Plus.

About The Book

In the most explosive and twisted psychological thriller since “The Woman in the Window,” a beautiful marriage turns beautifully bad.

Maddie and Ian’s romance began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian’s PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son, Charlie; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.

From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, 16 years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

About The Author

Ward’s sophomore novel and first psychological thriller “Beautiful Bad” was published in March 2019.

Ward received a bachelor’s degree in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing from UCLA and a Master of Fine Arts in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. While studying at AFI, she sold her first short screenplay to MTV/ BFCS Productions. Starring Adam Scott, “Strange Habit” became a Grand Jury Award Winner at the Aspen Film Festival and a Sundance Festival Official Selection.

After film school, Ward moved to Eastern Europe to work for Fodor Travel Guides, covering regions of Spain and Bulgaria. She remained in Bulgaria for five years spanning a civilian uprising and government overthrow. The novel “The Making of June,” which Ward wrote with the Bulgarian revolution and Balkan crisis as its backdrop, was sold to Penguin Putnam and published to critical acclaim in 2002.

During Ward’s five years in the Balkans, she received a Fulbright Scholarship, taught at the University of Sofia, and script doctored eight screenplays for Nu-Image, an Israeli/American film company that produced a number of projects in Bulgaria for the SyFy Channel. She was later the recipient of an Escape to Create artist residency.

She lives in Kansas City, Kansas with her family.