Jamie Freveletti is not only an author, but also a trial attorney, martial artist and runner. Her most recent novel, DEAD ASLEEP, is the fourth book in her series of thrillers featuring biochemist and marathon runner Emma Caldridge. Here, Jamie talks about some of the books that she never has been able to let go of and explains why they’re so special to her.
I don’t recall a Christmas where I received a particular book, but I still have a small, select stash of books that have followed me from tiny city apartment to another year after year. I call these my special books, and each has a short story behind it. Here’s the list:
A first edition Nancy Drew, THE SECRET IN THE OLD ATTIC (1944).
What a find! I discovered this book when I was 10 and hunting through, appropriately, my grandmother’s attic. This one is copyrighted 1944 and in pretty good condition. The box contained three other Nancy Drew titles as I recall. My grandmother had bought them for my Aunts, and she was happy to hand them down to me. I passed on the others to my younger cousins, but this first book is still here and currently resides on my daughter’s bookshelf next to her Harry Potter books. She says she’ll keep it to hand on some day.
The Complete Collection Robert Browning’s poems.
I found this at a library book sale in my college town. Bought it for $2 (the penciled price is still in the front cover). I studied Browning in college, and MY LAST DUCHESS is one of my favorites. When I saw the collection I had to have it. It’s on my bookshelf in my master bedroom.
A first edition of DESIGNING YOUR FACE by Way Bandy (1977).
Way Bandy was a great makeup artist in the ’70s and ’80s and a genius with light and dark. I keep it in my master bath vanity. This book has saved me more times than I can count --- most recently when I was preparing to update my photos for my Facebook page. I had arranged for a photographer friend to meet me at the Chicago River on a gorgeous day when my makeup artist told me that he had a prior appointment. In a panic, I grabbed Way Bandy’s book and followed his directions. You can see the result here.
Not bad for an amateur! Thank you, Mr. Bandy, may you rest in peace.
The Complete Collection of William Shakespeare
Three separate copies of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (softcover, hardcover, and a special edition hardcover).
These last two classics need no explanation, I think. My daughter has the soft cover of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE on her bookshelf, ensuring that Mr. Darcy will be sighed over for years to come.
Happy Holidays to all, and may your year ahead be filled with peace and joy.
Best, Jamie Freveletti
Jamie Freveletti is an American writer of thriller novels. Her first novel, Running from the Devil, was published in 2009 and won the 2010 Barry Award for best thriller and the 2010 International Thriller Writers Awards best first novel. In 2011 Freveletti was selected by the Robert Ludlum estate to write a novel in the Covert-One series. Freveletti has currently published four novels and a novella in her Emma Caldridge series and two novels in the Covert-One series.
Freveletti grew up in Addison, Illinois. After attending law school she moved to Geneva, Switzerland to study for a diploma in International Studies. Following her studies Freveletti started practicing as a trial attorney. Freveletti also holds a black belt in aikido and competes in ultramarathons. Freveletti's first thriller novel, Running from the Devil, was published in 2009 and featured the character Emma Caldridge.Running from the Devil won the 2010 Barry Award for best thriller and was named the best first novel at the 2010 International Thriller Writers Awards. The second novel in the Emma Caldridge series was released the following year and the third, The Ninth Day was released in 2011. In August 2011 it was announced that Freveletti had been selected by the Robert Ludlum Estate to write the next novel in the Covert-One series. It was released in 2012 entitled The Janus Reprisal. During 2012 Freveletti also published the fourth novel in the Emma Caldridge series and released the first of three parts in an Emma Caldridge novella. The following year her publisher released parts two and three of the novella which were entitled Gone and Run. In 2015 Freveletti's second novel in the Covert-One series, The Geneva Strategy, was released. Freveletti currently lives in Chicago with her family.