Rene Denfeld is an internationally bestselling author, journalist, and death penalty investigator living in Portland, Oregon.
Rene has written for many esteemed publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is a published author of three non-fiction books including the international bestseller The New Victorians: A Young Woman’s Challenge to the Old Feminist Order, Kill The Body, The Head Will Fall, and All God’s Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families. Her first novel, The Enchanted, was published by HarperCollins in March 2014. A long list contender for the esteemed 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, The Enchanted has been garnering outstanding acclaim, with rave reviews from Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and other publications. The Enchanted has been praised by the likes of Erin Morgenstern, Katherine Dunn, and Donald Ray Pollock, who says, “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 death penalty investigator who works with men and women facing execution. 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. Watch her interview with Harper Books here.