McMullen Circle

Learn More About McMullen Circle

I'm super grateful to everyone who has given me an opportunity to talk about McMullen Circle and about writing in general. Below are links to interviews with Charlotte Readers Podcast, Blue Ridge Public Radio, Mountain XPress, my author event at Malaprop's Bookstore (in conversation with Tessa Fontaine), my Crowdcast event with Amy Willoughby-Burle and Heather Bell Adams, reviews and more.

Essay "The Stole: Fiction, Memory & Unwanted Legacies" in the spring issue of The Great Smokies Review along with an interview about McMullen Circle: read here.

My story "Tupelo Rose" from the McMullen Circle collection appears in COMP: An Interdisciplinary Journal along with an interview about the book: read here.

Charlotte Readers Podcast: listen here.

Malaprop's Book Launch in conversation with Tessa Fontaine: watch here.

Blue Ridge Public Radio: listen here.

Mountain XPress: read here.

Crowdcast event with Amy Willoughby-Burle and Heather Bell Adams: register here.

Review of McMullen Circle in the Southern Review of Books: read here.

Review of McMullen Circle by the Center for Literary Publishing: read here.

McMullen Circle Launch Jan. 18 at Malaprop's

Join me at Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe January 18th 6pm, in conversation with Tessa Fontaine, for the launch of McMullen Circle. This is a hybrid event, so you can attend in person (if vaxed) or online. Free but registration is required: register here:

To learn more about the book, listen to my interview with Blue Ridge Public Radio here:

Birth of a Short Story Collection

Curious about where I got the ideas for the stories in the McMullen Circle collection? Check out the episodes below and ORDER your copy now. Episode # 9: Charm School My character Sarah, a free-spirited, disgruntled housewife, appears in several of the stories in McMullen Circle. In one story, she describes a move she learned at […]

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McMullen Circle Giveaway: Pre-Order the Book for a Chance to Win!

THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED THE MCMULLEN CIRCLE PRE-ORDER GIVEAWAY! THE WINNER, JULIE N., HAS BEEN NOTIFIED. I APPRECIATE ALL YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE BOOK! To celebrate the upcoming release of my short story collection McMullen Circle, finalist for the W.S. Porter Prize, I’m hosting a giveaway of fun North Georgia swag! If you PRE-ORDER your copy from […]

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Pre-order McMullen Circle, Finalist for the W.S. Porter Prize

My collection of linked stories, McMullen Circle, is now available for PRE-ORDER from MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE  and other fine Indies. Order now for delivery in January 2022. The twelve linked stories in McMullen Circle explore the intertwined lives of faculty families at the McMullen Boarding School in Tonola Falls, Georgia in 1969–70, the summer the great Karl […]

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The Puppeteer's Daughters Forthcoming July 2022

I'm thrilled to share that my new novel, The Puppeteer's Daughters, will be published by Turner Publishing's Keylight imprint in July 2022! You can watch me talk about it HERE. In the background of the video is a "puppet bouquet" with stick puppets my daughter made and performed in elementary school. Here's a synopsis: At his […]

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McMullen Circle Story Collection Forthcoming in January 2022

I’m delighted to share that my short story collection McMullen Circle was selected as finalist for the W.S. Porter prize and will be published by Regal House in the fall of 2021. I’m glad to have found a Southern home for these linked stories, set on the campus of a boarding school in the North […]

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Under The Mercy Trees on Audio

Under the Mercy Trees is now available on audiobook from Dreamscape Media. Download it on, Audible or your favorite audiobook platform. I'm thrilled with the beautiful narration by Andrew Eiden, Hillary Huber, Jo Anna Perrin, and Andi Arndt. “A melancholy mood suffuses Newton’s nimble debut.... [An] eloquent, sorrowful novel.... Readers of both Pat Conroy, on one […]

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