Ex-Spy Valerie Plame Wilson to Write a New Series of Thrillers


They say, “write what you know,” and ex-spy Valerie Plame Wilson is going take that advice and write a series of international spy novels about a female operative. The former CIA agent has a book deal with Penguin to launch a suspenseful new series that will feature a fictional operative, Vanessa Pearson. According to the New York Times, Wilson will co-write the books with best-selling author Sarah Lovett.

Wilson told the NYT that she is frustrated by the media’s portrayal of the sexy female spy. She says,

“They always tend to be cardboard characters, with a heavy reliance on physicality,” Ms. Wilson said, calling from her home in Santa Fe, N.M. “Of course the job has a lot of glamour. But it really is about being smarter than your average bear. Your mind is your best weapon. It’s great when you’re a good shot with an AK-47, but it’s about being clever.”

Wilson previously published her memoir, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, in 2007. Fair Game, the 2010 movie starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, was based on her memoir.

The first book in the new series will be out sometime next year.

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