An engineer-turned-author shared the story Thursday of how she wrote her first book, speaking to nearly 200 gathered at the Friends of the Amherst Public Library 11th annual Author’s Luncheon.
They filled the Heritage Presbyterian Church in Amherst to hear and have their copy of “The Dead Key” signed by D.M. Pulley.
Pulley won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2014 for penning the mystery/thriller novel. The story is based on her survey of the abandoned Cleveland Trust building. She was elated to find she was chosen from among 10,000 other applicants.
“I fell down to my knees and cried,” she said.
Pulley finished her first draft in 2010 after eight months of writing, but it wasn’t until March 1 of this year that she was able to publish the book.
Writing “The Dead Key” was an exercise in exploration for Pulley, who began writing without having the plot determined in advance.
“I love getting lost in the story,” she said. “When I actually came up with something that worked it was a thrill.”
Pulley’s second book, tentatively titled “Door of Faith Road,” is under review by her publisher and she’s now working on a third — another mystery based in Cleveland.
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Author D.M. Pulley gives a presentation Thursday at the Heritage Presbyterian Church in Amherst for the Friends of the Amherst Public Library 11th Annual Author’s Luncheon.