From New York to Newburyport and beyond

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The week started out great with a wonderful review of Echolocation in the Star Tribune: Four women confront their pasts in this tough, fierce story about not fitting in. My thanks to Ellen Akins for her terrific review.

Things just kept getting better as Echolocation was this week’s featured fiction at The Nervous Breakdown.

Had the best time at Pen Parentis on Tuesday night, reading alongside Suzzy Roche and Eleanor Henderson, both wonderful writers, mothers, and human beings. The audience was so wonderfully attentive and supportive. My thanks to Arlaina Tibensky and Milda DeVoe for hosting the event and for running this fine organization. For those of you who are parents/caregivers and also writers, please do consider joining the group as Pen Parentis is a great resource for you.

While in New York, I also got to meet my agent, Penn Whaling, face-to-face for the first time, when I visited the Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency offices. Penn and I have been working together for six years and so it was wonderful to have met her and Ann. Penn and I had a great chat. She was absolutely lovely to me, even when I spilled tea all over her desk. Was touched that she came to my reading that night as well.

Also at the reading was smart cookie and book blogger, Maura Lynch, from Loudmouthkid. Was super fun to meet and spend some time with Maura and I appreciated her for coming to the reading.

Honored to have an excerpt from Echolocation included in The Collagist. The issue is chock full of goodness and I invite you to explore it all. Many thanks to Matt Bell, who is most generous and kind.

My lovely friend, Jennifer Pieroni, asked me Just One Question about Echolocation.

Today, Echolocation is the Friday Freebie over at David Abrams’ wonderful blog The Quivering Pen. David has been extremely supportive of this book and I am most grateful for that support.

Tonight is my first local reading at Jabberwocky Bookshop. I’m terribly excited for the opportunity to read in front of local friends and family. The reading is at 7PM. I hope to see you there if you can make it.

Ending this week feeling truly grateful for all of the wonderful support for Echolocation and for me.

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