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M Hendrix

M Hendrix (she/her) is the author of The Chaperone, forthcoming with Sourcebooks Fire on June 6,, 2023.

M earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Indiana University before studying literature and creative writing in graduate school, receiving her master’s degree from Miami University and her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati, where she was a Taft Fellow. She has been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize and was shortlisted for the Aesthetica creative writing award. She has also served on the SCBWI Midsouth conference committee. She is represented by John Cusick of Folio Literary.

Her work has appeared in Newsweek, Aesthetica, The Independent, USA Today, The Vestal Review, Psychology Today, The Satirist, Nzuri, The Haven, Letters to Dead Authors, Medium, 2nd & Church, Word Salad, Quirk, Cairn, Gravity Hill, the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Bowling Green Daily News, and more. She is the author of two previous books: a memoir and a collection of stories. The Chaperone is her first published novel.

Born in Baltimore and raised in New Jersey, M has lived in ten states, visited all of the lower 48, and now resides in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with her husband, New York Times bestselling suspense novelist David Bell. The Commonwealth of Kentucky has bestowed on her its highest honor, that of Kentucky Colonel.

When M isn’t reading or writing, she’s on the move—running, biking, swimming, hiking, and kayaking—and loves to compete in local triathlons. To learn more about M, go to

Writing, Ghost-writing, Fiction writing, Developmental editing, Proposal writing/editing, Line-editing, Copy editing, Proofreading
General fiction, Mystery, Suspense/thriller, Juvenile fiction, Young adult, Memoir, Women's fiction
"A brave and important book."
—JOE BLAIR, Author of By the Iowa Sea

"The emotions the young woman describes in this memoir are all too real."

"How happy I am to make the acquaintance of [these] characters… [these] are brave stories, written with grace and precision."
—LEE MARTIN, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Bright Forever

"This entertaining collection of stories, explores a variety of psychological experiences… Altogether, a marvelous and enlightening read."
—JOSIP NOVAKOVICH, American Book Award winner and author of Infidelities

THE GRACE YEAR meets THE GIVER in THE CHAPERONE when 17-year-old Stella decides she wants to escape from New America, a near-future society where adolescent girls are not allowed to go out in public without a government-assigned chaperone. Forthcoming from Sourcebooks Fire in June 2023.

"Two People for Six O'Clock" shortlisted for Aesthetica's 2022 Creative Writing Award.

John Cusick