Virtual Reading and Q&A with Malaprop’s–Thursday Aug 4, 6pm ET

This Thursday night, 8/4, at 6pm ET/ 5pm CT! I’ll be presenting The Book of Gothel in conversation with Olesya Salnikova Gilmore, author of The Witch and the Tsar, through the wonderful Asheville, NC bookstore, Malaprop’s, virtual reading series! It’s a free event, but you must register to attend. Here’s the link to register: REGISTERContinue reading “Virtual Reading and Q&A with Malaprop’s–Thursday Aug 4, 6pm ET”

Limited Pre-Order Campaign for THE BOOK OF GOTHEL!

The publication date for The Book of Gothel is coming soon–only three weeks to go–and the international pre-order campaign is live through the end of the month (while supplies last)! The Book of Gothel is the secret history of Rapunzel according to the medieval peasant woman who would become known as the witch. The conceitContinue reading “Limited Pre-Order Campaign for THE BOOK OF GOTHEL!”

Women in SF&F Month: Feminist Retellings

Why are fairy tales told the way they are told? What secrets do they hide? Huge thanks to Fantasy Book Cafe for inviting me to do a guest post about The Book of Gothel for Women in SF&F month! I got to write about fairy tales, how much I love feminist retellings of folklore andContinue reading “Women in SF&F Month: Feminist Retellings”

Medieval Women: Beatrice of Burgundy

In honor of Women’s History Month, today, I’m posting about one of the medieval women I’ve been researching for my novel in progress. Relatively little is known of Beatrice of Burgundy (c. 1143-1184) compared to what is known of her husband. She was about thirteen years old when she married the German king and Roman Emperor FrederickContinue reading “Medieval Women: Beatrice of Burgundy”

“Camille” in Philadelphia Stories

Check out the beautiful cover of the Fall 2014 issue of Philadelphia Stories! I’m excited to see my story, “Camille,” second-place winner of the 2014 Marguerite McGlinn National Prize for Fiction, featured along with the first- and third-place stories.   

“Camille” Wins Second Place in Marguerite McGlinn National Prize for Fiction

My short story, “Camille,” has been selected by judge Julianna Baggott as the second-place winner of this year’s Marguerite McGlinn National Prize for Fiction! This is one I’ve been working on for a while — it’s the story that opens my novel retelling the Odysseus myth from the perspective of a Vietnam soldier’s wife — so I’mContinue reading ““Camille” Wins Second Place in Marguerite McGlinn National Prize for Fiction”

Back from Germany

I had an amazing time in Germany, researching medieval Konstanz and Freiburg, exploring city museums, hiking the Black Forest, and visiting Hildegard of Bingen’s abbey. ‘The Book of Gothel’, my novel-in-progress, is annotated to bits. Below is a gallery of some of what I saw while I was there! I have to thank the wonderful Sustainable Arts Foundation for the grant that enabled thisContinue reading “Back from Germany”

Planning Trip to Germany

It’s spring break, so I finally have some time to start planning my trip to Germany to research The Book of Gothel. The trip is set for this summer. A few weeks ago, I bought the air tickets, and I’ve just sent off my passport renewal application… The plan, as it stands now, is to startContinue reading “Planning Trip to Germany”

‘The Book of Gothel’ wins Sustainable Arts Award

I was thrilled to discover today that my novel-in-progress has received a Fall 2013 Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award! Set in 12th century Germany, ‘The Book of Gothel’ speculates about the historical roots of some of our most beloved European folktales. The grant will fund my trip to the Black Forest this summer to researchContinue reading “‘The Book of Gothel’ wins Sustainable Arts Award”

‘Wait’ Wins Faulkner Prize for a Novel in Progress

I’m so excited that Judge Janette Turner Hospital has announced my manuscript, ‘Wait,’ this year’s winner of the Faulkner Prize for a Novel in Progress! ‘Wait’ retells the Odysseus myth from the perspective of a soldier’s wife in the Deep South during the Vietnam War: “My clear choice for winner, this manuscript in progress is stunning for a number ofContinue reading “‘Wait’ Wins Faulkner Prize for a Novel in Progress”