Growing up in Chicago, Angela was surrounded by diversity and culture. She enjoyed going to neighborhood ethnic festivals where her senses were immersed in savory flavors, colorful outfits and vibrant music. Even more potent were the massive downtown blues and jazz fests and the Taste of Chicago. At these annual downtown events, hundreds of thousands of people of all races, religion and cultures came together to dance, eat and laugh. Her Chicago world with its powerful kaleidoscope of sights, sounds and smells, shaped Angela into a passionate believer that it is in our differences that we find life’s richness.
She is an internationally recognized communications professional. Her intense career has spanned the spectrum from community relations in Chicago to US and world governments’ public communications on nuclear power.
After traveling to twenty-one countries, Angela decided it was time to seriously pursue her love of writing. She wants to share the exciting places she has visited, and the richness of the cultures she has experienced. But mostly, she hopes her writing will bring to life the marvelous textures and vividness that makes us who we are.
Her debut techno-thriller, The Child Riddler, is a Gold Medal winner in the 2023 Florida Authors and Publishers Association's President's Book Awards in Thriller, a 2023 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award Winner in Best Action Adventure, a 2023 American Fiction Award Winner in Techno Thriller, and a 2023 Speak Up Talk Radio International Firebird Book Award winner in both Espionage Thriller and Techno-Thriller. It is also a Finalist in the 2023 IAN Book of the Year Awards in three categories: “First Novel with over 80,000 words,” “Action/Adventure,” and “Thriller/Suspense.” In addition, The Child Riddler was a Finalist in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards in Thriller-Espionage and was considered one of the best books of 2022 by BestThrillers.com, and was a Finalist in BestThrillers.com 2022 Book Awards.
The Child Riddler
Despite the angry scars she carries from her childhood training, Zoe Lorel has reached a good place in her life. She has her dream job as an elite operative in an international spy agency and she’s found her one true love. Her world is mostly perfect—until she is sent to abduct a nine-year-old girl.
The girl is the only one who knows the riddle that holds the code to unleash the most lethal weapon on earth—the first ever “invisibility” nanoweapon, a cloaking spider bot. But Zoe’s agency isn’t the only one after the child. And when enemies reveal the invisibility weapon’s existence to underground arms dealers, every government and terrorist organization in the world want to find that little girl.
Zoe races to save not only the child she has grown to care about, but also herself. The agency prescribed pills—the ones that transform her into the icy killer she must become to survive—are beginning to threaten her engagement to the one person who brings her happiness. Can she protect the young girl and still protect the one thing she cares more about than anything else?