About Hollie

Hollie Smurthwaite is the author of The Color of Trauma, a romantic suspense novel and 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 Chicago writing community as a member of Off-Campus Writers’ Workshop, Sisters In Crime, Chicago Writers Association, and a co-organizer for Just Write Chicago, a Meetup group. In past lives, she’s been a massage therapist, belly dancer, and office manager.  



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 me a gorgeous book cover!
Jenny Milchman signing a copy of Cover of Snow at the Sisters in Crime Chicago Annual Writers’ Workshop.