McMullen Circle

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 puppeteer throws his daughters’ lives into chaos in Heather Newton’s gripping new novel . . . A heartwarming story about self-acceptance, forgiveness, and the strings sometimes attached to family love.” --Forword Reviews

"With this mix of traditional fairy tales, offbeat original scripts, insights into the world of puppetry, a touch of King Lear, and the basic personality of a romcom, The Puppeteer’s Daughters is a charming read with some unexpected thoughtfulness between the lines." --New York Journal of Books

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 the Trail of Tears; John Ross – Through the Mountains: The French Broad River and Time; and winner Brent Martin – George Masa’s Wild Vision: A Japanese Immigrant Imagines Western North Carolina. Congrats to all!

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:

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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