AWP2019 starts this week, and I’ll be there. I’ll be signing copies of my story collection, The Dead Will Rise and Save Us, on Friday, March 29 at 11 AM at table 9063 in the AWP book fair. If you’re going to Portland, come through and see me.
You can also find me at the AWP booth (table 3030) on Friday, March 29 at 1 PM. I’ll be available to talk about the Writer-to-Writer Mentorship Program, and my experiences as a mentor. Spoiler: the program is great, and I definitely recommend it to both prospective mentees and mentors.
I’m nearly done with my first novel, and I’m excited about starting the process of getting it published. I’m roughly 30 pages from the end (yes, it’s intuition, but I’m so tuned in with the project right now, that it’s accurate), and I’ll be looking for an agent, publishers, or both.
I’ll admit that 2018 was a tough year for me writing-wise. I’d lost some motivation and was still recovering from the experience of adjunct teaching. There was a lot to process, and I needed to figure out how writing would fit in with my life or if it would anymore at all. My conclusion: writing means so much to me, and it’s one of the most joyous experiences I’ve ever felt. So, once I came to this conclusion, I got to work. My novel used to be much longer than it is right now, and that’s because I had a second focal character who told a somewhat related, yet different story from the true protagonist. One day, I realized that it’d be better to cut it out and just focus on the original focal character, and the novel opened up. It was a quick trip from a slog through to completion to a novel that has energy and at times still surprises even me. Sometimes, you need to not necessary kill your darlings so much as unburden them.