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Author Reader Match | Michele Pariza Wacek

September 17, 2018


I write psychological thrillers that include romance (is romantic psychological thrillers a thing? If it is, that’s what I’m writing) plus a dash of paranormal. Basically what I love to explore is the idea of “things are not as they seem.”

Is it a haunting? Or is there something else going on?

Or … could it be both?

My latest book IT BEGAN WITH A LIE is a perfect example of a few of my fave things coming together as it includes a haunted house (that may not be haunted) in a creepy “Twins Peak” like town with a love triangle just to spice things up.


I taught myself to read at 3 years old because I wanted to write stories so badly. I’m a voracious reader of all types of genres (which is likely why I love nothing more then genre bending in my own books). I grew up in Wisconsin (and, so far, all of my books have take place there) but now live in the mountains of Arizona (and one day I hope to have a book take place here) with my hubby of twenty-plus years (!) and southern squirrel hunter, Cassie.


  • Appreciates a good, clean, creepy book (not a lot of violence and no gore)
  • Enjoys plot twists where you’re never … quite … sure what’s going on (remember, things aren’t always as they seem)
  • Loves a good romance that just makes everything even more complicated
  • Likes a little humor to break up the tension


  • Marathon reading sessions (due to not being able to put the book down)
  • Some sleepless nights (see above)
  • A few scares
  • A couple of stomach flips for good measure.

IT BEGAN WITH A LIE by Michele Pariza Wacek

Secrets of Redemption

It Began With a Lie

A fresh start. That was what Becca hoped the move from New York to Redemption, Wisconsin, would be for her troubled family—a way to get her crumbling marriage back on track, and to bond with her difficult 16-year-old stepdaughter.

But instead of a new beginning, Becca is thrust into a mysterious past she barely remembers … a past that includes complications from interacting with her teenage crush, Daniel, as well as living in her aunt’s old house (aka “The Witch House,” according to locals).

But is the house really haunted? Or is there something far more sinister out to destroy them?

Romance Suspense [Love-Based Publishing, On Sale: September 10, 2018, e-Book ]

About Michele Pariza Wacek

Michele Pariza Wacek (also known as Michele PW) taught herself to read at three years old because she so badly wanted to write fiction. As an adult, she became a professional copywriter (copywriters write promotional materials for businesses, nothing to do with protecting intellectual property or putting a copyright on something) and eventually founded a copywriting and marketing company. She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and currently lives with her husband and dogs in the mountains of Arizona. She’s published two novels, “The Stolen Twin” and “Mirror Image,” both psychological thrillers/mystery/suspense books.

Secrets of Redemption


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