Everybody's Got

A Secret


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The Devil Wears Prada meets All the President's Men

At its heart, this is a story of three women: A world-famous journalist at the end of her career, at risk of losing everything because of a vicious online troll; a neophyte politician knee-deep in a run for Congress who longs to reconnect with her estranged daughter; and a  young reporter, desperate to reboot her stalled career, who must choose between the two after she unearths a decades-old lie.


“The political skews personal in this debut, which focuses on the bonds of powerful women in the rough-and-tumble world of politics and government. Smith leads with boldness and heart from the first page.”

—Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and The Good Son

“An engaging and topical tale of politics and journalistic ethics with a feminist slant.”

Kirkus Reviews

“This ambitious debut tackles not only mother-daughter dynamics and family secrets, but also the workplace and real-world politics affecting modern women. Written with an engaging, conversational tone, the story conflicts are both realistic and substantial.”

Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Jamie Beck

Truth and Other Lies is my favorite kind of novel—one that tackles tough topics in a breezy, compulsively readable way. Maggie Smith is a welcome new voice in fiction.”

—Camille Pagán, bestselling author of Don’t Make Me Turn This Life Around 

“Truth and Other Lies promises three women, two secrets, and one lie and boy does it deliver, weaving serious social issues such as abortion, sexual harassment, and toxic social media with the more typical women's fiction themes of female friendship, mother-daughter conflict, and romantic relationships. The surprise ending will leave you wishing for a sequel.”

—A.H. Kim, author of A Good Family

“Keenly observed, tense, and smart, Smith unravels the complexity of being a journalist in a time where loyalty, motherhood, and the medium itself are in a constant state of flux.”

Ann Garvin, USA Today Bestselling author of I Thought You Said This Would Work

“What a terrific book! Twisty, timely, and rivetingly thought-provoking. The talented Maggie Smith mines the intensity of competition, the duplicity of the human psyche, and the terrifying knowledge that with one wrong word or one wrong decision, your life can be changed forever. Smith knows her journalism stuff--the pressure, the stress and the compulsion for the big story--and she also deeply understands the tension and conflicts women battle when their professional and personal lives are set on a collision course.”

—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Emmy-winning investigative reporter and USA Today bestselling author of Her Perfect Life

2022  Winner- Star Award-Debut Fiction  - Women's Fiction Writer's Association

2022 Foreword INDIES Gold Medal for General Fiction

2022 Great Group Reads-Woman's Natl' Book Association

2022 NIEA Overall Juror's Grand Prize Award Winner

2022 Independent Press Award - Winner (Women's Fiction)

2022 American Writing Award - Winner, Best New (Debut) Fiction

2022 PenCraft Book Award - First Place (Women's Fiction)

2022 Eric Hoffer Award - Finalist (General Fiction)

2022 Best Indie Book Finalist - Shelf Unbound

2022 National Indie Excellence Award Category Winner (Women's Fiction)

2022 Book Excellence Award Category Winner (Women's Fiction)

2022 IBA Finalist - (Women's Fiction)

2022 Best Book Award Finalist (Women's Fiction)

2022 Reader's Favorite  - Finalist (Women's Fiction)

2022 American Fiction Awards - Finalist (Women's Fiction)

2022 NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite (Women's Fiction)

2022 Hollywood Book Festival, Honorable Mention (General Fiction)




About Maggie

Influenced by her former careers as a psychologist and a business owner, author Maggie Smith pens compelling stories of ordinary women who face extraordinary challenges with grit, brainpower, and strong doses of empathy and humor. She hosts the podcast Hear Us Roar and is managing editor of The Write City Magazine.


Maggie hosts a bi-monthly podcast where she interviews debut women’s fiction authors about their first novel, their path to publication, and their writing process on behalf of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA).

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Why I Write

I spin tales, conjure up characters, and bleed ink on the page (metaphorically, of course, although I’ve had a few paper cuts in my day that made my pages a bit more “colorful”). Since my go-to question when writer’s block strikes is always why, it seems only natural to turn that same lens on myself.…

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