Christina Kovac worked for seventeen years managing Washington, DC newsrooms and producing crime and political stories in the District. For the last nine years, she worked for Tim Russert at NBC News, where she provided news coverage for Meet the Press, the Today show, Nightly News, and others. Christina Kovac lives with her family outside of Washington, DC. Her new novel, The Cutaway, is on sale now from Atria Books, an imprint of our sister company, Simon and Schuster.Everyone said I was crazy to leave my day job in television. (I was). Weren’t novels hard to get published? (They are). How did anyone get paid to write fiction? (I still don’t know—see step five). But there are ways to mitigate the risks. I knew, because a career in television news had shown me the way to prepare for the uphill battle to become a published author.