Her first eBook, The Devil's Newspaper (bit.ly/TheDevilsNewspaper)
In the title story, indifference in a marriage threatens its survival and, ultimately, the life of a spouse. In Allison, a stolen night with a lover leads to death; in Causa Mortis, a woman attempts to prevent a death by in-law; in A Good Woman, Aunt Jane misleads her family into the very horror they are trying to avoid; in Clutter in the Attic, compulsive hoarding weakens a marriage and leads to retribution;
When asked why she chose to write about murder and mayhem, Nan responded “I really don't know where I'm going when I write a first sentence. The characters take over after that. There are nuggets of stuff I've experienced or been told about that appear in the stories; whereas I've no clue where other parts come from.”
Rick van Akin, a reviewer of the eBook, wrote “Wow! I just finished reading The Devil's Newspaper. If I ever meet Nan Becklean, I wouldn't know whether I wanted to engage her in stimulating conversation or run away from her for fear of being served a special omelet!”
Nan laughed when she read Rick’s review, stating “Neither he nor anyone else has anything to worry about when I cook for them. I am far from one of the crazy aunts in Arsenic and Old Lace. And when I think about recipes, which I often do, I never even imagine adding a lethal ingredient.”
Nan’s earlier book, H.E.A.V.E.N. (Homeland Equitable Alliance for a Victimless Economy and Nation) (bit.ly/HeavenNB)
Nan has been married twice, has four children, six grandchildren and two dogs, and is a compulsive crossword puzzle junkie, eclectic reader, gadget freak, knitter, recipe collector, and a not-so-hot, but enthusiastic, tap-dancer.
She is the widow of the late Austin Tobin who developed a model that revolutionized pricing in the municipal bond industry. She is also known as Nancy Tobin.
Nan received a BA in English in 1954 upon graduation from Smith College, Northampton, MA, and has continued her passion for the written word in a variety of ways. She writes a blog, Off My Rocker, and wrote two shows when she lived in Scarsdale, NY (as Nancy Conn). She also wrote the lyrics and libretto of My Millionaire, based on Mark Twain's The Million Pound Note.
She received encouragement from agents for her sci-fi novel, H.E.A.V.E.N., but no offers of representation. So, Nan decided to begin self-publishing in 2009, starting first with H.E.A.V.E.N., followed by The Devil's Newspaper this year.
She chose to release The Devil's Newspaper in the Kindle format because of its easy accessibility. “Anyone can download a Kindle Reader to a PC or Mac,” she says.
For more information, please visit her website (http://www.nanbooks.com) or contact Nan Becklean at firstname.lastname@example.org.