About The Model Spy:
THE MODEL SPY is based on the true story of Toto Koopman, who spied for the Allies and Italian Resistance during World War II. Largely unknown today, Toto was arguably the first woman to spy for the British Intelligence Service. Operating in the hotbed of Mussolini’s Italy, she courted danger every step of the way. As the war entered its final stages, she faced off against the most brutal of forces—Germany’s Intelligence Service, the Abwehr.
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Maryka Biaggio is an award-winning novelist who specializes in historical fiction based on real people. She enjoys the challenge of starting with actual figures, dramatizing their lives, and recreating a sense of their emotional world. Doubleday published her debut novel, PARLOR GAMES, in 2013. EDEN WAITS (Sunbury Press, 2019), is based in the true story of a utopian community founded in the 1890s and was an Editors’ Choice in Historical Novels Review (February 2020). Her third novel, THE POINT OF VANISHING (Sunbury Press, 2021), tells the story of child prodigy writer Barbara Follett. THE MODEL SPY (Sunbury Press 2022) is based on the true story of intrepid World War II spy Toto Koopman.
She is an avid opera fan and enjoys gardening, art films, and, of course, great fiction. She lives in Portland, Oregon.