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I'm very grateful to my colleague and friend Dr. Amelia Montes for this lovely interview with me about Nearer Home on La Bloga

Hell or High Water, my debut thriller about a Latina in New Orleans, has won the 2013 Nebraska Book Award for fiction!  I sort of feel like a real Nebraskan now.  It's friendly to be in there with colleagues Ted Kooser and Tom Lynch, graduate of UNL's creative writing program emily danforth, and fellow crime novelist Sean Doolittle.  (Kind of surprising and cool that the two honored books for adult fiction are both crime novels...) 

The producers who optioned it for film or TV have just renewed the option for another year, so fingers crossed!

Many thanks to Grinnell College, Metropolitan Community College, and three book clubs in Kearney, Nebraska for hosting me recently.  I had a wonderful time.  I'm looking forward to a bunch of travel in October, too:  Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Washington College in Chestertown, and the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. 

Family Trouble:  Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family launches on October 1st.  Publishers Weekly calls it "a must-read" for memoirists, and people seem to be loving the essays in the anthology, which couldn't make me happier.  I wanted it to be, above all, a useful book.  Writing about family is never easy, but the authors in Family Trouble have found ways to do so with grace, tact, and insight.


Faye said:

Congratulations on the award, Joy, and on the launch tomorrow of the new book. May good things continue to follow.

September 30, 2013 4:43 PM

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