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September is going to be big

September is going to be big

I love September. Growing up knowing September was coming put a flutter in my chest. It meant back to school and a new pair of shoes, the buzz of meeting new classmates, the chance to see friends every weekday, and being on a set schedule again (I’m a Virgo and LOVE a...

If I had a nickel for every contradiction

If I had a nickel for every contradiction

Gratitude On Saturday I ditched an indoor gym class and went out for a jog on the Burke Gilman trail close to where I live. The trial spans 27 miles and on the few miles I covered, maple, dogwood, and fir trees provide cover, and blackberry bushes spring up, well,...

Mothers who go missing and what’s ours to tell

Mothers who go missing and what’s ours to tell

Filmmaker Reed Harkness of Sam Now is my guest My latest guest on Let’s Talk Memoir is Reed Harkness whose new documentary is Sam Now which traces Reed and his younger brother Sam as they set off to find out why their mother has gone missing and uncover truths neither...

My book sold out last night 📘

My book sold out last night 📘

When do writers become writers? I’ve been thinking about this question a bit especially since I’ve just done two interviews about my new story collection with writers I admire and respect, for literary magazines I love. I am a writing late bloomer in many ways – I...

What home means

What home means

The new book March is here like a lion and with it my new short story collection Home is a Made-Up Place. Thank you to Motina Books Publishing, my early readers, and to the writers who offered advance praise. Reviews are coming in and of the collection Ari Hornavar,...

Less Than Two Weeks!

Less Than Two Weeks!

My new book It seems like only yesterday I had months before my short story collection Home is a Made-Up Place would be out but now it’s in less than 2 weeks! I can hardly believe it but am so excited my second book will be out on 2.28.23. Pre-orders are in full swing...

So many things!

So many things!

After a week full of writing and podcast news I knew I needed to share an update. It’s been a whirlwind by me– a whirlwind I’m incredibly grateful for. Here’s what you’ll find in this post: Home Is a Made-Up Place new book announcement Pushcart Prize nomination the...

Listen to That Voice

A year out from publication and I’ve just gotten the news that my memoir When She Comes Back is a Finalist in the International Book Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards! I’m very pleased that my debut has now placed as a Finalist in this competition as...

A Conversation With Writing And Publishing Expert Jane Friedman

A Conversation With Writing And Publishing Expert Jane Friedman

It’s my absolute pleasure to share my interview with writing and publishing expert Jane Friedman on episode 8 of my limited series podcast Let’s Talk Memoir! Jane Friedman joins me for a conversation about the most common craft issues she sees in memoir manuscripts,...

When We Began Judging Ourselves

When We Began Judging Ourselves

I’m so excited to share that the first two episodes of my new limited series podcast THE BODY MYTH are here! A few months ago, I began surveying women about their body image experience. I asked questions like: When did you begin judging your body? What messages did...

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