The Spy Next Door by Misty Evans

(Originally published on the USA Today HEA blog.)

“What do you do?” people ask me. When I tell them I’m an author, they say, “So you write children’s books?”

Uhhh…no. I’m the Spy Next Door. Or wannabe spy, anyway. You know, the nice, friendly neighbor with two kids and two dogs who writes about cloak and dagger missions, dead drops, coded messages, and sexy spies.

“Do you work from home?” people ask.

Sometimes, but not always. Like most authors, I have a writer’s cave…a desk, a computer, reference materials, research files, and a few lucky charms to bring the muse out to play. But my “cave” travels some days. In the morning, I might work at the kitchen table. That afternoon, my SUV becomes my office while I’m in the car pool line. Come evening, you might find me at the library, the local coffee shop, Langley, or in the bleachers of my son’s baseball game. Just kidding about Langley. I’m not a spy. Honest. <wink>

When I’m home and able to sit at my desk, it looks like this:


Pretty normal for an author of spy novels, right? A few Top Secret files (research for the next book), my purple pens, (an absolute must for the copious notes I take), and a few hidden tools of the trade. What’s in the drawers? Nothing much…passports in various names, listening devices, night vision goggles. Standard operating equipment for someone undercover. Oh, and the trench coat and sunglasses in the closet? Come rain or shine, I’m ready to work.

Along with my top secret research – a.k.a. pictures of hot guys who inspire my sexy CIA heroes – these props put me in the mood to write fast-paced romantic suspense. I mean, you never know when the CIA might actually need me to jump into action. Or I might have to take out the terrorist living next door…

Along with my props, I need two essentials: coffee and music. Lucky for me, hubby is a coffee guru. Every morning, he makes me a cappuccino.cappuccino

While I sip the nectar of the gods, I pull up the playlist for my work-in-progress – I have a playlist for every Super Agent novel. Even if I’m waiting in the dentist’s reception area, typing away while one or both of my twin sons get their teeth cleaned, I stick in my earbuds and mentally travel to a place where my hero and heroine are undercover, running for their lives, and saving the world from terrorists, crime lords, and notorious hitmen.

Research is a big part of what I do. It’s grueling, let me tell you. What kind of shoes can my heroine wear that catch my hero’s attention, yet allow her to kick a criminal’s butt? Can she hide a lock pick or a weapon in the heel? I spend hours on Zappos looking for just the right pair! Why are you giving me that look? It’s research for my novel, I swear.

And my hero. What about him? Is he a Bond or Bourne character? Stubble or clean shaven? Boxers or briefs? Google is my best friend, providing hundreds of photos of potential Super Agents. (Hey, it’s a dirty job, but someone has to pick the right ones and pin them to my Pinterest board so my fans can drool over them!)

What’s that ringing coming from the desk lamp? Nothing really. Just one of my many burn phones hidden under the dragonfly shade. And that Mission Impossible ringtone? That’s the one I assigned the Agency. Guess it’s time to dig out my trench coat and sunglasses, and get ready for another cloak and dagger op – er, I mean, another day at the office…

(If you’d like to know more about me and my, er, spy life, check out my latest novel, The Blood Code. I swear it’s fiction! You can also find out more about me and my books at




About Misty Evans

USA Today Bestselling Author Misty Evans writes the award-winning Super Agent series, as well as urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She likes her coffee black, her conspiracy theories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When her muse lets her on the internet to play, she’s on Facebook and Twitter.
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13 Responses to The Spy Next Door by Misty Evans

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Fun post, Misty! And your desk is so clean and neat compared to mine. It’s funny, you look at pictures of shoes, I look at pictures of cats and dogs. lol But we both look at pictures of great looking men. That’s universal. 🙂

    Blood Code is on my Kindle. This last week has been crazy, but this week I’ll get to read it. I’m so eager!

    • Misty Evans says:

      Edie, I had to clean my desk and dust it before I set up that picture! I was frantic to get the post done and sent to my publicity team to meet the USA Today HEA blog deadline…and then they asked me to take all the pictures out to save space. Oi! Another Murphy’s Law moment for me.

  2. Amy says:

    This was so fun, Misty! Love getting a look into your spy world. 🙂

  3. Amy Atwell says:

    I have always suspected you lived a life you never told us about. What I really want to know is how did you train your husband to make you cappuccino? Or did he just come that way?
    Amy Atwell`s last blog was …Story Icons: The Protector

    • Misty Evans says:

      I’m a lucky woman, Amy. My husband needed no training with the cappuccino deliveries. He’s a coffee-aholic and loves fiddling with the Jura machine we have, and every other espresso machine out there. Someday he plans to open a coffee shop.

  4. Such a cute post, Misty!! LOVED reading about your ‘spy’ life ;).
    And I have to admit, I’m very envious of the delicious-looking cappuccino your husband makes for you every morning…YUM!
    Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Happy July!

    • Misty Evans says:

      I’ve always wanted to lead a double life, Marilyn, but being an author is a lot more fun and a lot less dangerous! So I pretend I’m a spy, and I really do wait for the day the CIA calls and asks me for help!

  5. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Misty!

    I am so jealous of the morning cappuccinos!!! And the clean desk. lol. I don’t even have a space of my own! 🙁

    Love the whole spy thing going on. 😉

    • Misty Evans says:

      Thanks, Dale! I only ever sit at my desk when I’m being professional – like on a Skype call. Because of my bad back, I actually do a lot of work flat in bed. My new puppies love this because they can cuddle with me. Although the Chihuahua wants to lay on my arm, which makes it difficult to type!

  6. Liz Kreger says:

    Catching up on blogs … sorry I’m coming in late on this Misty. Fun post. I can imagine the look on the neighbor’s face. Golden.

    I wish my desk looked like yours. I’ve got clutter everywhere.

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