The first novel, as yet untitled, will be released next year and feature a clandestine operative named Vanessa Pearson, reports the New York Times.
Wilson told the newspaper that she wants her character to upend spy story stereotypes about female agents, which tend to focus on their “physicality.”
“Of course the job has a lot of glamour. But it really is about being smarter than your average bear. Your mind is your best weapon. It’s great when you’re a good shot with an AK-47, but it’s about being clever,” she said.
She will co-author the novels with author Sarah Lovett.
Wilson was at the center of a political maelstrom seven years ago, after columnist Robert Novak blew her CIA cover in The Washington Post. The incident blossomed into a full-fledged Washington scandal (referred to as the “Plame affair” or “Plamegate”) after the Department of Justice began investigating who leaked her name. Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, was eventually indicted.
“Fair Game,” Wilson’s memoir about her time in the CIA, was published in 2007. It was made into a movie that was released last year.