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Join Me For Writing the Five Senses: 5-week class starts June 6, 2024

Sensory details enrich fiction and nonfiction and are crucial to depicting character, setting and tone, yet writers often fail to give much attention to senses other than sight. Join me and the Great Smokies Writing Program in person this summer for WRITING THE FIVE SENSES: A PROSE WORKSHOP, a generative 5-week class where we will explore all the senses: sound, smell, touch, taste and sight. You will learn how to select sensory details that are both original and instantly familiar to the reader, while avoiding clichés. We’ll look at examples of sensory details well rendered on the page, and do in-class exercises and prompts to get you thinking more deeply about how to give each sense its due. Come prepared to write! Register HERE

The Puppeteer's Daughters is the 2023 NC Indie Author Project Pick for Best Adult Fiction!

I'm thrilled to share that The Puppeteer's Daughters is the 2023 adult Fiction Winner for this year's Indie Author Project book awards! Learn more about the Indie Author Project and all regional winners here: https://indieauthorproject.com/winners-of-the-2023-indie-author-project-regional-contests/

The Puppeteer's Daughters is a Finalist for the Forword Indies Book of the Year (General Fiction)!

The Puppeteer's Daughters has been recognized as a Finalist in the 25th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards! As part of its mission to discover, review, and share the best books from university and independent publishers, Foreword Magazine, Inc. hosts an annual awards program each year. Finalists represent the best books published in 2022. […]

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The Puppeteer's Daughters Out in Paperback March 7th

If you or your book club haven't yet read The Puppeteer's Daughters, now is your chance. The paperback is available March 7, 2023. Here is what reviewers have to say: "A complicated father-daughter story that fulfills its promise. Fans of Tara Conklin’s The Last Romantics and Melissa Scholes Young’s The Hive will love this." --Library Journal “An aging, celebrated […]

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McMullen Circle Is a Finalist for the Thomas Wolfe Award

I'm honored to be in wonderful company as a finalist for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. The other finalists, whose work shows fascinating aspects of our region, are Anne Chesky Smith – Murder at Asheville’s Battery Park Hotel: The Search for Helen Clevenger’s Killer; Lance Greene – Their Determination to Remain: A Cherokee Community’s Resistance to […]

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Learn More About The Puppeteer's Daughters

Want to learn more about The Puppeteer's Daughters? Listen to my August 2nd conversation with author Tommy Hays at Malaprop's, in which we discuss fathers and daughters, puppets (I brought one) and the writing life: https://youtu.be/_Tf5XHDxzDM

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It's Pub Week!

THE PUPPETEER'S DAUGHTERS is now available for order from fine booksellers everywhere! If you read it and like it, please post a review on Goodreads or Amazon. If your book club reads it, get in touch! There are book club discussion questions at the back of the book and I love Zooming with book clubs […]

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Pre-order Promotion for The Puppeteer's Daughters: order from select bookstores and get a free gift!

THE PUPPETEER'S DAUGHTERS is now available for pre-order from fine booksellers everywhere. Order now through the end of June 2022 from one of the following three fine Indie booksellers, and I'll not only sign your copy, I'll include this beautiful 6"x9" art piece created by artist Katrin Dohse inspired by the novel with the first 30 pre-orders fulfilled […]

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