When I suggested to Gigi Little, my cover designer, that the wooden box my narrator discovers in the opening pages of Besotted might make a strong cover image, I never dreamed she would carve the box herself—not out of wood, but out of pixels.
One of my biggest joys as a writer is interacting with other writers and readers who are invested in the world of literature. This month, I was fortunate enough to “meet” (over e-mail anyway) another community builder, Peg Alford Pursell. Part of an ongoing series of conversations between authors who don’t already know each other organized by The Refresh, Peg and I discussed our forthcoming novels and our efforts to build our respective writing communities. Read the full text of our conversation here. After hearing from Peg about the Why There Are Words reading series and small press that she founded, I was eager to learn more about her life as a small press publisher and author. I’m grateful to her for continuing our conversation in the October issue of Magnify, my newsletter celebrating small press books.
I’m thrilled to announce that my debut novel, Besotted, will be released by 7.13 Books in 2019. I began work on this novel in 2004; my path through various rounds of writing, revision, submissions, more revisions, and time away from the book has been long. I am so grateful that the book has found a cheerleader in editor Leland Cheuk and a home at his press.
Read More: Besotted.
I had a great time chatting with Booktrib’s Rachel Carter for their Novel Concept Podcast about the process of putting aside a book that I could not find a publisher for. The interview followed the publication of an essay in English Kills Review about my process of letting go of the novel.
Read More: “Breaking Up With My Book.”
I’m honored that Salon.com selected my open letter to lawmakers on the topic of school shootings as their Best Essay of 2015!
I’m grateful to CNN’s Poppy Harlow for inviting me on her show to discuss the question of arming teachers to prevent school shootings. The expectation that teachers should prepared to defend their lives and the lives of their students against gunfire is the result of our lawmakers’ refusal to stand up to the gun lobby.