Finding Your Agent, Political Fiction, Hopeful Dystopias & The Chaperone with M Hendrix

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Join us in a lively conversation with debut author M Hendrix, whose book The Chaperone came out this year with Sourcebooks! From finding an agent and pitching your book during the pandemic, finding hope in dystopian novels, and making YA fun for teens to read, we cover this and more!

M Hendrix (she/her) is the author of The Chaperone, published by 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 twelve 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