About Hollie

Hollie Smurthwaite is the author of the paranormal romantic suspense novels The Color of Trauma and The Color of Betrayal. The Color of Trauma was the winner of the 2020 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project contest for adult fiction. She lives in Chicago with her husband, son, and too few pets. She is active in the writing community as a member of Off-Campus Writers’ Workshop, Sisters in Crime, Chicago Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, Alliance of Independent Authors, and a co-organizer for Just Write Chicago, a Meetup group. In past lives, she’s been a checkout clerk, massage therapist, office manager, recruiter, magazine staff writer, pepper spray hawker, and belly dancer

Jennifer Egan and Hollie Smurthwaite
Jennifer Egan and me – book launch for Manhattan Beach at Women and Children First bookstore. Chicago, IL 2017.
Hollie, Melissa, Renee, and Susan
Me, Melissa Weider, Renee James, and Susan Levi – book launch for Seven Suspects at Centuries and Sleuths bookstore, River Forest, IL 2017.
Lit Fest June 2019. Rachel Louise Snyder signing her book, No Visible Bruises. Great discussion earlier between her and Eva Devirgilis.
Mary Anne Mohanraj and me at OCWW. I’ve just bought her novel, Bodies in Motion. Winnetka, IL 2019.
MurderCon 2019. Me and Charlaine Harris. Squeeeee!
Elite Authors made this gorgeous book cover, that I ultimately couldn’t use (doesn’t say romance), but man, do I love it!
Jenny Milchman signing a copy of Cover of Snow at the Sisters in Crime Chicago Annual Writers’ Workshop.