April Smith’s route to published author has been a curious one. The New York City native started her creative career as an Emmy-nominated writer and producer of television shows like Lou Grant, Cagney and Lacey and Chicago Hope.
Successful but not completely fulfilled, Smith eventually returned to her love of books.
In 1994, she wrote the first in an ongoing series of thrillers centering on an FBI special agent named Ana Grey. A well-received stand-alone novel, Be the One, about a female baseball scout, surfaced in 2000.
Smith’s latest stand-alone effort, the just-published A Star for Mrs. Blake, is a richly researched historical novel about the mothers of fallen World War I soldiers who travel to France to visit their sons’ graves in 1929. Smith discusses A Star for Mrs. Blake at the Mercantile Library and Joseph-Beth for free.
Noon Friday at the Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut St., #100, Downtown, mercantilelibrary.com. 7 p.m. Friday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Norwood, 513-396-8960, josephbeth.com.