Margaret Dumas was an executive at a major San Francisco software company before the high-tech crash forced her — and just about everyone she knew — to reevaluate. Her novel
The Balance Thing comes from her experiences.

The Balance Thing focuses on the predicament of Becks Mansfield, a workaholic currently without work, and how she approaches the task reassembling a life she had placed on hold while concentrating on her career.

The Balance Thing is a novel for everyone who’s ever said “I’ve got to get a life.”

Unlike her fictional counterpart, Dumas embraced the high-tech downturn as an opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of writing fiction. One year after leaving her former employer, she was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger award for her first novel, Speak Now, which Publishers Weekly dubbed a “sparkling debut.” The sequel, How to Succeed In Murder, was released in May of 2006 to glowing reviews.

Dumas lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where she is currently at work on her next novel and still in search of the perfectly-balanced life.