Friday, October 21, 2016

Review of Summer She Was Under Water at Washington Independent Review of Books

I was surprised and flattered to read Emily Mitchell's review of The Summer She Was Under Water at the Washington Independent Review of Books today:

"In the novel as a whole, there is a scrupulous lack of sentimentality and no recourse to easy resolution or redemption. Instead, we see the way that, in the long arc of parental and sibling relationships, each change begets new complexities and entanglements. Even when you try to force a crisis or stage a reckoning, it does not always provide the catharsis you anticipate. 

Your relatives, the novel seems to say, whether or not you like them or accept them, go right on being your relatives, regardless. The result is a stark but absorbing portrait of the complex intersection of love, frustration, forgiveness, and anger that make up this — or any — family."

To read more, go here.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Goodreads Giveaway: The Summer She Was Under Water

There's still time to enter for a chance to win 1 of 5 copies of The Summer She Was Under Water at Goodreads! You can enter here.

Praise for Summer:

“There are no easy answers here but instead a family's dysfunction laid bare in all its messiness and heartbreak—and also its moments of occasional, near-accidental grace.”
Katharine Noel, Halfway House

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Guest Editor at Smokelong Weekly

I'll be guest editing this week, 10/3-10/9 at Smokelong Weekly the best flash fiction site on the planet (and also Smokelong Quarterly) Send me your work! Guidelines are here, and here's a bit of the interview I did with Smokelong's Executive Editor, Megan Giddings, about what I look for in a submission. I'm giving away a free copy of my new novel, The Summer She Was Under Water, to the author whose work I choose.

"You have to make sure your work stands out immediately, whether it’s the words, the imagery, the acoustics. I love reading work that immediately pops out over the static of “generic-literary-short-fiction-submission”

To read more, go here.

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.