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October 14, 2013 • My thoughts on commercial vs. literary

A little bird told me that last week that another writer (who I will not name) said, "My work is not commercial. It is literary. It will endure."

But from my way of thinking writing has to be literary AND commercial to endure.


September 9, 2013 • Hemingway piece

Second & Church Hemingway cover

Here's the cover of the upcoming 2ND & CHURCH Hemingway issue, which includes my piece on visiting Papa's house in Key West called "To Have and Have Not: Truth and Fiction in Hemingway's Key West Home." Can't wait for this issue to come out!

In the meantime, check out the preview on their website: The Hemingway Issue.


August 25, 2013 • New young adult novel

Now that my memoir is finished, it's time to start something new.

I've decided my next project will be a young adult (or more likely what is now being called "new adult") novel, and I'm happy to report I began work on it today. I'm calling the book Dear Indiana: Letters to My Future Child by Chance Best, Age Fifteen, and it's going to tell the story of Chance Best, a precocious fifteen-year-old who struggles to fit in at her rural high school after her parents move from Takoma Park, Maryland to Lake Kentucky. 

Dear Indiana is inspired by my experience moving from New Jersey to Indiana when I was in high school, and I have had several of my YA favorites in mind as I write: Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower,  E. Lockhart's The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and John Greene's Looking for Alaska. If you haven't read these books, I highly recommend that you check them out. 

I'll report back on my progress soon, but right now I'm absolutely thrilled to be starting something new. 


August 12, 2013 • Finished!

Great news—I finished my memoir about meeting my biological family this week after more than four years of work and am now ready to start the frightening process of trying to find an agent to represent it. Wish me luck because I'll need it! 

When I was in the middle of writing the memoir, I said this about it on Facebook: Writing a memoir is like entering a tunnel of dark memories. You're never really entirely sure you want to go inside, and you can't see the light on either end when you're in the middle of it.

I still feel that way about memoir writing.

It's much more frightening and anxiety-ridden to me than writing fiction. But I know not everyone agrees. Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother, famously said that she "puked" out her memoir, implying that it was easy for her to write. 

I wish I felt the same way, but I don't. And that's why I admire the hell out of everyone out there who is willing to tell a true story. 

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