Poisoned Pen to host book signing for ‘The Perfect Fraud’

The Poisoned Pen, 4014 N. Goldwater Blvd. in Scottsdale, will host a book signing Monday, June 24 where author Ellen LaCorte will be attendance to sign her new domestic thriller called “The Perfect Fraud.”

Ellen LaCorte (Submitted photo)

The story centers around a female psychic named Claire, who comes from a generation of gifted psychics, according to a press release.

The problem is Claire isn’t one of them. Although she’s trained in psychic trade craft such as reading Tarot cards, she mostly fakes it—that is until she encounters a sick child who needs help.

“The Perfect Fraud” has received positive reviews, including from psychics.

“The book is based on an actual psychic shop in Sedona, Arizona where I lived for 25 years,” Ms. LaCorte said in a prepared statement.

“The owner of the shop read the book and liked it a lot. She told me she couldn’t guess the ending. That’s quite a compliment coming from someone who can see into the future.”

Becoming an author is a second career for Ms. LaCorte, or a “re-career” as she calls it. Her professional career — until landing a book deal — was as a human resources director for several universities including Rider University in New Jersey and Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

“I worked in HR while pursuing a master’s degree in English and an Ed.D in Higher and Adult Education Administration at Arizona State University and enjoyed a long and happy career in human resources,” she said.

“If there is a better field than HR to gather information for stories about human behavior, I don’t know what it is. People will do some amazing things and I’ll always be grateful for my time in the profession and have stored away memories to use in my writing for decades to come.”

Although many of Ms. LaCorte’s favorite books have other-worldly themes, it was the author’s husband who introduced her to the psychic world, a release states.

“This was back in 1971 when we first met. I always find this funny since my husband, by profession, is a CPA accountant,” she said.

“He’s a levelheaded, reality-based kind of a guy but he’s always had a fascination with the things we can’t know for sure–like aliens and psychics. We’ve gone to many readings and some have been phenomenal. Others have been, well, pure hooey. It was a visit with a particularly opportunistic psychic that had me considering writing the novel.”

Ms. LaCorte says she worked hard to get her manuscript perfect before approaching agents. Her tips for aspiring writers: read in the genre you wish to write and participate in a writing group where you get honest feedback. Among her favorite books are those by Jane Austin.

“I wrote my Master’s Thesis about her so all her books are at the top of my list,” she said.

Other favorites include those with mystical underpinnings, such as “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” “Dogs of Babel” and “Like Water for Chocolate.”

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