“To be a good lawyer, you have to be a good storyteller,” explains author Catherine McKenzie, “you’re not making up facts, but you are telling a story. To convince someone of something, you have to lay out the facts in a compelling way. The skills you develop writing effective pleadings and delivering them are very applicable to writing. Also, lawyers are driven, they’re focused, they know how to get things done.”

Catherine clearly knows a thing or two about how to get things done. Over the course of her 18-year legal career, which has taken her to the Supreme Court of Canada five times, she still found time to publish eight best-selling novels, including The Good Liar.

Her latest novel, I’ll Never Tell, finds the MacAllister siblings returning to their family camp after their parents’ sudden deaths for a reading of the will. But an unsolved murder at the camp twenty years ago, and a surprise accusation soon interferes with the sibling’s plans for their inheritance. Author A.J. Banner praises the book as “a cleverly crafted, heart-wrenching tale of obsession, regret and the devastating effects of keeping secrets for far too long.”

Catherine writes and practices law in Montreal, Quebec.

Appearing in: 28. Spills, Thrills, and Reading Wills: The Fiction of Fear

Website: www.catherinemckenzie.com
Book: www.simonandschuster.ca/books/Ill-Never-Tell/Catherine-McKenzie