What am I working on?
A novel about a girl named Violet and some boys named Roscoe & Dominic. It is about salvation and running away and coming/finding home and also, baseball. I’m also working on a story about a girl called Sunday and her cowboy love. And a story called Crepuscular.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Idk! Maybe it does and doesn’t! Questions like these are kinda difficult for me to answer b/c I don’t think abt stuff like this v. often. I really just write whatever I wanna write. I do feel like my writing is minimalist. I always mention the iceberg theory. I don’t go into long descriptions of things/back stories. And I usually like to write the story after the Big Thing has happened. Usually it’s the characters reflecting back on the Big Thing if there even is a Big Thing. I also tend to write romance/romantic things. I have no issue w/being called a romance writer or a chick-lit writer. Those labels do not offend me. I also fight to have an underlying sense of lightness/hope in my stories. Always.
Why do I write what I do?
I write about my obsessions. The list is long! But I write abt cowboys and baseball and Americana and Jesus and country music and pickup trucks and Kentucky and kisses and staying up all night b/c I love those things. I love writing abt complicated relationships b/c I love writing arguments/wry dialogue. I write whatever I need to…selfishly…so I can get cozy images out of my brain, onto the page.
How does my writing process work?
I prettymuch have the story all figured out before I sit and get it down. I take little notes and think abt it for weeks and weeks before I write it down, most of the time. I let my husband read everything and sometimes I let one of my girlfriends read it too.
LIFE! I got to meet Josh Hamilton and take a pic and get my ball signed, which was very exciting b/c he is one of my favorite baseball players ever ever. (Also, he smells good.)
AND! Kerry Winfrey was kind enough to feature me as a CREATIVE LADY over @ her blog
AND! Mike Joyce was kind enough to interview me abt EVERY KISS A WAR over @ Literary Orphans
AND! Dawn West was kind enough to include me in her list of books she wants to read this year
AND! Now there’s a little page for EVERY KISS A WAR where you can read what awesome people like Roxane Gay and Kathy Fish and Chad Simpson and Sarah Lynn Knowles and Troy Palmer and Robert James Russell and Justin Lawrence Daugherty said abt my book!
AND! I’ve been listening to “The Man” by Aloe Blacc and watching Parenthood like it’s my job and last night I ordered Into the Blue on blu-ray b/c of reasons.
More soon! <3
-”Mercy,” he said. Soft. It was the name my mama had given me and he always said it a lot. It made me feel special how it got both meanings coming from his mouth. My name, a begging blue prayer. We kissed. Bo’s kisses were feathery, Christmas-sweet. Cash hungry-kissed like a soldier on leave.”
My story ALL THAT SMOKE HOWLING BLUE is up @ CHEAP POP!
I have three little stories up @ Counterexample Poetics! (along w/my sweet friend Lindsey Gates-Markel!)
WE WILL SEE WHEN IT GETS WARM
Check out the whole issue/art, everything, everything!
Thank you so much to the editors! (extra-special thanks to Robert James Russell and Jamez Chang.) And thank you to everyone who has read and promoted/reposted and said such nice things. I appreciate you! :))
+ I have a story from my forthcoming collection in the Winter 2013 Premium issue of Carve Magazine. Preorder/free shipping info!
+ I was one of eight authors asked to write abt flash fiction over @ Michael Chaney’s blog. Goodstuff!
+ I made a list of my top 10 fave lit mags of the year over @ Literary Orphans!
+ I will be guest editing for SmokeLong next month and will holler back w/deets soon!
+ Lots of writery things coming up in January and I’ll write abt those soon too. Little stories @ a couple different places and interviews/lists/stuffs!
+ Merry Christmas, Happy Everything & love & light!