New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than 80 novels in a career that has spanned more than two decades. Under her own name, Wendy achieved New York Times bestselling status with her single title psychological suspense novels. Those novels and the women's fiction she writes under the pseudonym Wendy Markham have also frequently appeared on the USA Today, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Bookscan bestseller lists.
In Autumn 2015, Wendy will launch two new series. The first is the Mundy's Landing adult suspense trilogy for HarperCollins, with the launch title, BLOOD RED, on sale September 29th, to be followed in 2016 by BLUE MOON and BONE WHITE. The other is Lily Dale, a hardcover cozy mystery series set in the upstate New York spiritual community. Book One, NINE LIVES, goes on sale October 26th, with a second title to come in Summer 2016.
Another 2015 suspense novel, THE BLACK WIDOW (HarperCollins, March), concludes her Social Media predator series that began with THE GOOD SISTER (October 2013) and continued with the USA Today bestseller THE PERFECT STRANGER (July 2014), and its prequel ebook novella, COLD HEARTED (May 2014).
She has published two other suspense trilogies with HarperCollins in recent years. NIGHTWATCHER (September 2012) won the Westchester Library Association Washington Irving Prize for Fiction. It was followed by the New York Times bestseller SLEEPWALKER (October 2012), which went on to become a finalist for the prestigious Simon and Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award presented at the Mystery Writers of America Edgars Symposium, and SHADOWKILLER (February 2013). New York Times bestseller LIVE TO TELL (March 2010) received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was also a finalist at the 2011 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Its sequel, SCARED TO DEATH, (January 2011) was honored with the WLA Washington Irving Prize for Fiction, followed by the bestseller HELL TO PAY (October 2011).
She previously published more than a dozen award-winning, bestselling adult suspense novels with Kensington Books and co-authored a mystery series with the late former mayor of New York City, Ed Koch, and a romance series with Fabio. She has ghostwritten novels for a number of other celebrities and bestselling authors.
As "Wendy Markham," her most recent title, TH BEST GIFT, is a sequel to the acclaimed 2006 Christmas Time Travel romance, IF ONLY IN MY DREAMS (both from Signet). Prior, she published nearly two dozen women’s fiction novels with Hachette, Warner, Avon, Grand Central Publishing, Red Dress Ink and Berkley. She also has an extensive Young Adult/Middle Grade backlist that includes the acclaimed series Lily Dale (Bloomsbury/Walker). Early in her writing career, she published in various genres including suspense, horror, historical and category romance, television and movie tie-in, and biography.
In addition to the Mary Higgins Clark Award nominations, Wendy has won the 2008 RT Award for Career Achievement in Suspense and the 2007 RWA-NYC Golden Apple Award for Lifetime Achievement. A proud recipient of the RWA Rita award, she has also been honored five times with the Westchester Library Association's Washington Irving Prize for Fiction and was recognized as one of WLA's Millennial Authors in 2000. Her Wendy Markham novel SLIGHTLY SINGLE was named one of Waldenbooks' 100 Best Fiction titles of 2002. Her novels SLIGHTLY SUBURBAN, THE LAST TO KNOW and ASK ME AGAIN were nominated for RT Reviewers Choice awards, and five of her novels --- DON'T SCREAM; THE LAST TO KNOW; MIKE, MIKE AND ME; HELLO, IT'S ME; and BRIDE NEEDS GROOM --- were awarded a month's top pick review by the RT BOOK club magazine.
Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide and her titles are regularly selected as features for Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, Large Print Book Club and Rhapsody Book Club.
Wendy grew up in a large, close-knit family in rural southwestern New York State and decided she wanted to become an author while in third grade. She worked in two independent bookstores during college, then moved alone to New York City at 21 to pursue her dream of becoming a working writer. After stints as a book editor for a Manhattan publishing house and an account coordinator for a major advertising agency, she sold her first novel, the supernatural young adult thriller SUMMER LIGHTNING in 1991.
Wendy now lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband of 24 years and their two children. A 1986 graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, she proudly delivered the keynote commencement address at her alma mater in May 2008, was a featured speaker at the 2011 Academic Convocation.
Having lost her mother and mother-in-law to breast cancer, she has been a vocal and active supporter of charitable causes such as Relay for Life, Support Connection, and the American Cancer Society. In September 2012, she was an Ovarian Cancer Awareness month national spokesperson for Avon’s Kiss and Teal campaign with the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation. As an animal rights advocate, she currently fosters cats and kittens for various rescue organizations in the metro New York City area.