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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 80th birthday party, renowned puppeteer Walter Gray surprises his three daughters with an announcement that there is a fourth. A torn paternity test—and a will that places a condition on each daughter’s inheritance—suggest that the missing daughter isn’t a figment of his dementia. In searching for the fourth daughter and struggling to claim the legacy Walter has left them, the sisters must confront and renegotiate their relationships with their father and each other. Infused with fairy tales that sometimes spill magic into the sisters’ real lives, The Puppeteer’s Daughters is about fathers and daughters, but also about the cost and rewards of claiming a creative life.

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 Georgia mountains in 1969-70. 

Under The Mercy Trees on Audio

Under the Mercy Trees is now available on audiobook from Dreamscape Media. Download it on Libro.fm, 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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Table Manners

My piece Table Manners is up at The Dirty Spoon here and available to listen to here. It was previously published in The Carolina Table anthology and on the Bookclub Girl blog, but never with such dramatic musical accompaniment or a cute illustration. If you like food, literature, and art, add The Dirty Spoon to your reading […]

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The Sound Seeker

The novel I'm working on now features embedded fairy tales. This one, The Sound Seeker, was published in the June issue of Enchanted Conversation Magazine, art credit Amanda Bergloff. Enjoy!

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Goings On at the Flatiron Writers Room

Some exciting things going on at the Flatiron Writers Room in the next few months, among them a conversation with authors Norma Watkins and Marjorie Klein in Sunday, December 10th at 3pm with book sales by Malaprop's (free event), and a day-long Pop-Up Writers Retreat January 20th 9:30am-4:30pm. You can check out all FWR offerings AND […]

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Methodical Madness: A Creative Prose Workshop

Looking forward to writing more and better in 2018? Join me Tuesday evenings starting February 20th (6-8:30 p.m.) for ten weeks of Methodical Madness with the Great Smokies Writing Program: This course is for writers of fiction who want to generate new work, and have work critiqued for revision in a supportive workshop setting. Students […]

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Etiquette When A Friend Publishes a Book

My writing group is having a stellar year. One member has a YA novel coming out soon and three others of us have finished first drafts of new novels. It therefore seems like a good time for me to suggest some rules to follow when a friend publishes a book.   1. Comments are closed. […]

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