Paralegal Publishes 1st Novel: Admissions of Guilt

Roxanne Winkler’s first self-published novel uses a criminal trial as the setting for her story about infidelity and forgiveness.

Drawing on more than 20 years of experience as a paralegal, Annapolis resident Roxanne Winkler tackles the subject of infidelity against a courtroom backdrop in her first self-published novel entitled “Admissions of Guilt.”

Winkler described the book as a contemporary romance novel set in Annapolis and Kent Island. The story follows Alexa Kincaid, a criminal trial lawyer, who soon discovers that her client is also carrying her husband’s baby.

“Alexa learns some powerful lessons about love, jealousy and forgiveness” Winkler said.

Winkler started writing the book in 1997 after the sudden death of her boss Fred Joseph, a leading Maryland trial lawyer and former president of the Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
“This started as just a way to get over his death. I sat and my computer for three solid months,” Winkler said. “It just poured right out of my head I really had no idea at that time what I was even going to write.”

Getting the words out on paper was cathartic for Winkler, who was surprised and deeply saddened by her boss’ sudden and short battle with cancer.

“It served its purpose at the time and I put it away,” Winkler said.

She thought about the manuscript over the years, but it wasn’t until she read an article about self-publishing on Amazon in a 2012 issue of Women’s World magazine that Winkler re-opened her book.

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