I’ve had a lot of jobs over my life – teacher, temp, secretary, wedding coordinator – but I’ve always been a writer. I’ve tried my hand at poetry (but I will never subject you to any of it), chick lit, creative non-fiction, romance, and YA, but I’m happiest in what my editor calls “that sweet spot between literary and commercial” fiction. In elementary school I wrote my first novel (well, let’s just call it a short story extended dance mix), about the army-jacket-wearing daughter of a movie star and her faithful golden retriever. As I recall, she spent a lot of time hanging out in diners, and now that I look back on it, she was woefully neglected.
Fortunately, my writing has advanced at least a little bit since then, and my novel The Weird Sisters will be published by Amy Einhorn Books (publishers of The Help and The Postmistress, along with a gajillion other great books) on February 17, 2011. The Weird Sisters is a novel about three adult daughters of a renowned Shakespeare professor who return home to the small college town where they grew up, partly because their mother is ill, but mostly because their lives are falling apart and they don’t know where to go next. You can find out more at my home, home on the web.
Right now I live in a pile of cardboard boxes as my partner, the writer J.C. Hutchins, and I complete what feels like the longest move in history, from Florida to Colorado (though I am fairly certain my pioneer ancestors might argue that point). I’m happiest when I’m in, on, or adjacent to water of some kind, and can usually be found with a book in one hand and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s in the other.
You should also know:
I’m really tall. When I met my editor, Amy Einhorn, one of the first things out of her mouth was, “You’re so tall! Why didn’t you tell me?”, and I was all like, uh….I didn’t know it mattered? So, yeah. I’m around six feet tall, and yes, I totally will get that box of cereal off the top shelf at the grocery store for you.
I can completely kick your butt in Mario Kart Wii, but I’d rather we play Rock Band. You can be lead guitar. We’ll go on tour. It’ll be awesome.
Most of the conversations I have will contain at least instance of my saying, “Oh! I heard about that on NPR!”, and another of my looking something up on Wikipedia.
Walking into my house when music is on will leave you convinced that you’ve somehow stepped back in time to 1988.
I’m totally thrilled to be here on The Debutante Ball – I’ve been reading since its inception in 2007, and I’m looking forward to celebrating my fellow Debs’ books through the year. Bring your tiaras and your pearls and join the party in the comments below!