Local Author Reads From Her Psychological Thriller at Govans Branch, Pratt Library


— Baltimore native J. Hawki knew she wanted to write books after reading “Durango Street” by Frank Bonham, a book she borrowed from her neighborhood book mobile library when she was an adolescent. And, after reading Sidney Sheldon’s book, The Other Side of Midnight, she realized she wanted to write thrillers.

Combining years of experience in healthcare with a keen eye for detail, Hawki creates suspenseful psychological thrillers with a strong, compelling black female protagonist.

“Being one of a small group of women writing in this genre, I discovered that my pulse-pounding, quick change, thrill-a-minute way of pacing my books is more similar to the style of male thriller writers like James Patterson and John Grisham. I hope that I will inspire more women to write psychological thrillers,” said Hawki.

In February, the third edition of her first novel, “Elephants and Chopping Blocks Retain Their Natural Color” was released. In the thriller, Psychiatrist Kirsten Leone is a leading figure in her field, respected by colleagues and clients alike, but her personal life is in shambles, as she finds herself caught up in a tumultuous secret relationship she cannot share with her family. When a series of gruesome murders stumps law enforcement agencies nationwide, Kirsten consults on an intense FBI

investigation in hopes of luring out the methodical and manipulative killer.

However, as her involvement in the case deepens, the killer begins targeting not only Kirsten but also her loved ones.

Hawki will read from her book at a “Meet the Authors” event at Enoch Pratt Free Library (Govans Branch) on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2 p.m. For more information about author, J. Hawki and her books, visit: www.authorjhawki.com.