Conversation with Jennifer Givhan at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore (In Store and Virtual, Dec. 8, 7pm PST)

I’m super excited about this in-person and virtual hybrid event I’m doing with author Jennifer Givhan through the amazing Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego! We’ll have a short conversation about our novels, followed by a Q&A with the audience and booksigning, where both virtual and in-person folks can get books signed and/or personalized! YouContinue reading “Conversation with Jennifer Givhan at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore (In Store and Virtual, Dec. 8, 7pm PST)”

Louisiana Book Festival Panel and Book Signing (Sat. 10/29, 11am-12:45pm)

I’m looking forward to going back to my home state for the Louisiana Book Festival next weekend, where I’ll be on the panel “Enchanted Worlds: Reimagined Fairytales and Everyday Magic” moderated by Fatima Shaik from 11-11:45 with fellow Redhook author Alex Jennings, discussing our debuts, The Book of Gothel and The Ballad of Perilous Graves. If you’re inContinue reading “Louisiana Book Festival Panel and Book Signing (Sat. 10/29, 11am-12:45pm)”

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”

Signing at Virginia Highland Books in Atlanta–Saturday, July 30, 3:30-5pm

The Book of Gothel is coming out in only three days—this Tuesday! If you haven’t bought your copy yet, please consider doing so now! I’m doing a signing at Virginia Highland Books in Atlanta next Saturday, 7/30, from 3:30-5pm, so if you’d like to buy a personalized signed copy from an independent bookstore, now isContinue reading “Signing at Virginia Highland Books in Atlanta–Saturday, July 30, 3:30-5pm”

Malevolent Mothers of Myth—Tuesday, July 19, 7pm EDT

I’m so excited for this conversation tonight with Vaishnavi Patel via OrbitLive! Traditional stories are full of mothers, stepmothers, and mother figures who don’t exactly have their offspring’s best interests at heart. Join us for a discussion and Q&A! Register now: bit.ly/3Ak2Cl3

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!”

Interview and excerpt from The Book of Gothel in Enchanted Living

An interview with me about The Book of Gothel appears online here and in the spring 2022 Fairy Tale issue of Enchanted Living, which also contains an excerpt from the beginning of the book! To read the excerpt, you can order the summer issue here or purchase it in brick-and-mortar bookstores in the U.S. YouContinue reading “Interview and excerpt from The Book of Gothel in Enchanted Living”

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”

The Book of Gothel–Forthcoming from Redhook and Orbit UK in 2022!

I’ve been sitting on this news for an unbearably long time, but now I’m finally able to shout it from the rooftops. My debut novel, The Book of Gothel, the secret history of the Rapunzel folktale as told by the witch, will be published in 2022 by Hachette Orbit/Redhook in the United States and OrbitContinue reading “The Book of Gothel–Forthcoming from Redhook and Orbit UK in 2022!”

“Hildegard of Bingen: Daughter of Light” in Faerie Magazine

Last summer, editor-in-chief Carolyn Turgeon invited me to write an article on St. Hildegard of Bingen for the medieval-themed winter issue of Faerie Magazine. Since I’d traveled to Bingen in 2014 to research Hildegard for THE BOOK OF GOTHEL, I was excited about the assignment. St. Hildegard is a fascinating, complicated figure. Over the past four years,Continue reading ““Hildegard of Bingen: Daughter of Light” in Faerie Magazine”

Back to Vermont Studio Center

I’m so grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts, which funded the two-week fellowship and stipend I’ve received to Vermont Studio Center to work on my novel-in-progress, THE BOOK OF GOTHEL And of course, I’m grateful to my husband and daughter, who are always so supportive of me taking time for my work. IContinue reading “Back to Vermont Studio Center”

Residency at Vermont Studio Center

I just finished a month-long writing residency at Vermont Studio Center, where I spent each day writing in a beautiful studio with a view of the Gihon River and attended readings, slideshows, and talks almost every night. Especially fascinating was visiting poet Sherwin Bitsui‘s seminar on translation and the way language carries culture, and visiting novelist Matt Bell‘s talk on revision, which was exactly what I neededContinue reading “Residency at Vermont Studio Center”

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”