Her first novel, The Enchanted, will be published by HarperCollins in March 2014. Already, The Enchanted is already garnering praise. It is a staff pick for Powell's Books, and early Goodreads reviews have been off-the-charts enthusiastic. "Ripe with themes on crime, punishment, survival, and love, The Enchanted will break your heart but will also knit it back together. If you only read one book this year, make it this one," says the Powell's book reviewer.
The Enchanted has been praised by the likes of Erin Morgenstern, Katherine Dunn, and Donald Ray Pollock, who said "Rene Denfeld is a genius. In The Enchanted she has imagined one of the grimmest settings in the world—a dank and filthy death row in a corrupt prison—and given us one of the most beautiful, heartrending, and riveting novels I have ever read."
In addition to her writing career, Rene Denfeld is a licensed investigator who specializes in death penalty work. She is known for her diligent, informed and in-depth investigations. Rene has extensive training and experience in subjects including FASD, drug effects and cognitive impairments. She is the happy mother of three children she adopted from state foster care.