In January, 2016, Lillian McCloy celebrated her 90th birthday. For this momentous occasion, her daughter Johanna McCloy presented her with the following gift: she would transcribe, edit, and publish the memoir that Lillian drafted on her Selectric typewriter over 25 years ago.

Johanna McCloy, a freelance writer and editor, published Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant: Undercover & Overwhelmed as a CIA Wife and Mother under the Bordertown Publishing imprint in July, 2016. With no advance marketing and very limited exposure, Lillian McCloy’s memoir garnered prominent author endorsements and rave reader reviews. (The book sells more copies every year.) Johanna has also been invited to speak at various events about her mother’s life and memoir, and well as her own life as the daughter of a spy.

Bordertown Publishing released two more publications in Fall, 2022: Dare to be Fabulous and the Dare to be Fabulous Journal Notebook, both edited by Johanna.

You can join Johanna on her Substack site, In This Life.