Jessica Strawser writes compelling domestic thrillers that ask deep and insightful questions. In “A Million Reasons Why,” the driving question is about what would you do if you took a DNA test on a lark, and it turned up surprising truths that upended everything you thought you knew about your family…

“A Million Reasons Why” is described as “When two strangers are linked by a mail-in DNA test, it’s an answered prayer—that is, for one half sister. For the other, it will dismantle everything she knows to be true. But as they step into the unfamiliar realm of sisterhood, the roles will reverse in ways no one could have foreseen.”

In our chat, we talk about the fascination with DNA testing, the questions that can arise, identity and what happens when it’s challenged, creative writing inspiration, the challenge of coming up with great titles, research, and more!

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