Holy Moly–I Have a Book Cover!!!!

Amazing. Incredible. The perfect piece of art. Tiffany Bozic’s “Fawn” is not only a fantastic painting, it’s also the perfect complement to my first-and-I-can’t-believe-it’s-really-happening collection Uncommon Miracles. The ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of the book is off to the printers and will soon be on its way to reviewers. The book itself (ebook and hardcover) should be released in August. Despite typing the words, it still feels like it’s happening to some other Julie in some parallel universe and concerns stories I haven’t actually read (yet). I wish that Julie could share her imagined worlds with me… Meanwhile some of … Read more

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My Wiscon 2018

This year I attended WisCon 42 in Madison Wisconsin and crossed paths with some dear writing friends both from my virtual critique group PAWS (the Post-Apocalyptic Writing Society) and from workshops and courses I’ve taken over the last ten years. There are so many amazing people in genre and WisCon seems to draw nearly all of them into its vortex.  Feminism and social justice. Explorations of gender, race, and class. WisCon’s focus includes my favorite themes–well, besides death, pain, and alienation–all wrapped up in a mesmerizing genre bow. One of my personal standout moments was reading a horror piece to … Read more

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My Visit to the Sonoran Desert

Space Age Lodge at night.Have you read Anne Tyler’s The Accidental Tourist? I read it years ago and despite the vicious book purges I’m prone to, it’s managed to maintain a spot on one of the wood bookshelves that cower in our basement. In my house, it’s the safest place for old books. I go down there so infrequently, all that nostalgia and young love actually stands a chance at survival.

I guess everything comes around again. Jean Rhys’s The Wide Sargasso Sea has been calling to me lately from that subterranean lair along with That Kind of Woman (a terrific short story collection). … Read more

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