It made international news when Phoenix author TJ Newman's debut novel, Falling, was bought as part of a seven-figure, two-book publishing deal with Avid Reader Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
Falling was released on July 6, and in its first week, it's already making waves in the publishing world.
Newman, a Mesa native and former flight attendant, wrote Falling during cross-country overnight flights. The thriller tells the story of a pilot forced to choose between crashing the plane he's flying or the life of his family. She's currently on a publicity tour that kicked off last week at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix, where she used to work as a bookseller.