Abigail Van Alyn


I was born in New York City, raised in Greenville and Charleston, SC, and spent most of my adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area. An early career in New York journalism was followed by thirty years in the theater, acting on stage and in feature film and television. For ten years I was a company member of San Francisco’s much-awarded Eureka Theater where, among other notable achievements, the company developed Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. On a parallel track, I coach business leaders in communications skills.

I've had two plays produced. In the Wilderness/In the Zoo, a play for children, toured northern California schools and children’s hospitals and was broadcast on San Francisco’s PBS affiliate. And I'm especially proud of Lying to the Holy Spirit, about the works of Anton Chekhov, which was commissioned by Harvard University as part of the first cultural exchange between the US and USSR after glasnost. As pseudonymous George Fletcher I've published two books for young readers, modernizing Roman myths.

I live in far northern California at the foot of Mount Shasta, walking, gardening, coaching, and writing plays and long fiction.

Smashwords Interview

What's your book about?
This is a mystery, roughly in a category I'm calling "literary suspense." Two women, patients of a powerful psychiatrist, share a compulsion to uncover his dark past. It's a story about desire and loss. It's about identity, self-deception and self-discovery. It's about the slipperiness of labels: who is Predator and who is Prey, who's Good and who's Bad? And it's about the fatal attraction of the shadow, the return of the repressed. While “the other woman” often suggests a romantic triangle, here the triangle has a twist. The suspense is psychological, but that doesn’t mean macabre situations, psychos, or body parts in the trunk. It means the plot is driven by characters with tangled histories, deep wounds, and feverish desires.
Why did you choose to write about crime?
In writing about crime, I’m not so much interested in police procedurals or detection, although I enjoy those books and shows, and I'm crafting a series about a retired P.I. Overall, I’m interested in what you might call domestic crime, the kinds of crimes that people justify all the time, or take for granted; that spring from deeply held fears and beliefs and desires, and so can become societal norms. I’m especially interested when those are crimes against women, and when men in positions of power prey on the vulnerable.

This particular story, while it’s not autobiographical, originated in the experiences of a number of my women friends, and myself, and I’m confident that men will also find it compelling.
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The Other Woman
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,870. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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Robert Buchanan is a powerful psychiatrist with a shadowy past; Anna Sheffield, a prominent sculptor whose life has been destroyed by a violent gang rape; and Michele Palmer, a pierced and tattooed exotic dancer, a young mother who was once Robert’s nightmare patient. In the deceptive quiet of Berkeley, California, these three form a deadly triangle.

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