"The biggest mistake you can make is thinking you know who you are."
Like snowflakes, no two of us are alike. Each of us lives through our own private movie camera called a self. Like many people, I’ve wondered who I am, or what if I were someone else. Then I became a victim of identity theft, and I realized the self is more than just how I feel inside. It also is my name, credit cards, and computer passwords.
I am a firm believer in making lemonade out of a lemon, so I wrote a novel called Identity Thief. It is totally fictional and not at all the story of me. I am a much more ordinary person than the greedy, corrupt, sex-crazed people in the book. But I was fascinated by how identity theft can change the lives of both the victim and the thief. In fact, you may like the thief more than the victim. He is not a very nice guy. Interesting, but not nice.
As the story snowballs dangerously down the hill, I learned right along with my characters about the mystery of the self. How we can lose ourselves, or turn into other people. And how this can lead to duplicity, blackmail, murder . . . well, I don’t want to spoil the surprises. But Identity Thief will keep you guessing until the last word. And next time you look in the mirror, you may want to make sure you look twice.
Identity Thief by JP Bloch coming in September from Bacon Press Books.
Cover by Al Pranke, Amp13
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