Quentin Rowan is not a fan of Jonathan Safran Foer. As a writer himself trying to make it big, Rowan grew "disillusioned" watching "wunderkind writers" like Foer make it big. "Nothing would up happening with anything I'd done," he told The NY Daily News. "There was a bunch of books by people who were technically my peers that felt showy and one-note. Maybe I had to dumb it down."
So Rowan decided to switch it up. While working at The Community Bookstore of Park Slope, he started paying attention to the types of books that customers were snatching up. Like thriller novels. These were doing so well that Rowan started reading them pretty seriously. Eventually, he was writing his own thriller novel between shifts at the bookstore. On Tuesday, November 3, 2011, Quentin Rowan's dream came true: he published his very first spy novel. Written under Rowan's pseudonym, Q. R. Markham, Assassin of Secrets graced the very shelves that surrounded him throughout his research and writing process.
But not for long.