Wednesday, September 21, 2016

New Story, "The Dream House," at Literary Mama

I have a new story, "The Dream House," in the Fall issue of Literary Mama. It's part of a novel in novellas I'm finishing up. Thanking Colleen Kearney Rich and the crew at this great DC-based journal for giving it some love!

"There will be ghosts, she realizes, lurking, waiting for her wherever she goes. The trick, maybe, is not to acknowledge them, to pretend to be asleep when they sit at the end of her bed, to keep brushing her teeth when they appear behind her in the mirror. To take her Valium until she's too tired to care about anything. And some ghosts, she thinks, she will always want to haunt her." 

To read more, go here.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Review and Excerpt of The Summer She Was Under Water

The first read of The Summer She Was Under Water appeared yesterday at The Collagist. Michael Tager writes a stirring, lyrical analysis of brother-sister tensions:

"What is it about siblings that brings out the worst in people? Is it the way they entwine familiarity and contempt? Is it the inherent power dynamic that so often pits elder against younger? Maybe it's the favoritism that parents so often (and rightly) refuse to acknowledge but is still often self-evident. In the case of The Summer She Was Under Water, it's all of the above, and more."

To read more, go here.

Also, at The Nervous Breakdown, you can find an excerpt of Summer:

"Everything feels all right, right now. Perhaps Steve would be lighthearted and charming and teasing and they’d spend their days trying to fish and maybe they’d fish for their father’s old beer cans and the lost city of Conowingo. And Steve would be the person Sam always hoped he would be, was capable of being, and maybe their family would close ranks around each other and there would be a tacit understanding that they each would rise their tide a little and all their boats would float comfortably, not mired in the muck or run ashore. If they all did their part and dammed their happiness in, here, this summer, there would be plenty to drink from, to siphon, in the lean times."

To read more, go here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Win a Copy of The Summer She Was Under Water from Amazon!

Yes, you are a busy bee. Yes, I know it's after Labor day and you're swamped and you just haven't had a chance to pick up my new novel, The Summer She Was Under Water. I forgive you. I do. I want to make your life easier, it's true. That's why Queens Ferry Press and I in conjunction with Amazon are giving away copies of The Summer She Was Under Water absolutely free! You have a minute to enter, don't you?

You can enter here. Now, back to your busy life.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Interview at Change Seven

I was interviewed at Change Seven by the amazing Curtis Smith today. We talked about my latest novel, The Summer She Was Under Water:

“I don’t make the characters do what I would do in facing these situations—as I’ve already illustrated, my characters seem to thwart me on every level—but I do wind up learning a lot about myself when writing about others. It reminds me of how psychologists say that children play as a way to learn to navigate social situations, that they’re sort of practicing for the real thing. And I guess, in a way, writers are people who have just never stopped playing.”

To read more, to here.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Interview at Washington Independent Review of Books

I had so much fun talking to author Ed Aymar at Washington Independent Review of Books about my new novel, The Summer She Was Under Water. 

 "And then when I was finished [writing it], I felt good but also horrified, like, What have I done? And I still feel that way, some days, like, did I just put that out in the world?"

 To read more, go here.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Don't Kill Your Darlings

I have an essay today at Women Writers, Women's Books about not killing your darlings. Thanks to Barbara Bos and her excellent crew for letting me contribute!

"Often we cling to our darlings because we lack confidence in our own abilities (“I’ll never write something so fantastic again—how could I?”). However, by doing so, we’re both challenging ourselves to create another, more beautiful darling and proving that, yes, we are capable of another darling—many more, in fact.

So they say. Between us, I’ve never actually killed my darlings."

To read more, go here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"Possessions" in The Baltimore City Paper

I have a short fiction piece, "Possessions," in the Baltimore City Paper's Special Fiction Issue, curated by award-winning author and fellow Baltimorean Susan Muaddi-Daraj. It's a great issue, full of some of our greatest working writers and poets.

"And you will insist that I take your regrets, that you shouldn't have been so critical, so quick to anger, so jealous and controlling. That you wish you had appreciated me more, that you hadn't cheated. You will press them on me when I leave, like a missionary tract or a Jehovah's Witness pamphlet. You will hope I examine them later, in some moment of reflection, and convert back to your way of thinking."

To read more, go here.