People Like You on CNN Best Beach Reads for 2017

‘The world needs more of her writing’

I was hunched over the kitchen counter this morning, bleary-eyed, trying to fix myself a cup of coffee, and then from the other room I heard this: “Hey, you’re on CNN.”

Honestly, I thought he was talking to somebody else. (Who that would be I’m not sure, but I was tired.)

Then I thought he was kidding.

Then I looked at his iPad, and sure enough, there was CNN’s Beach Read list for the summer with (wait? what?!) my name next to the name of my book.

Sandi Shelton, a Connecticut novelist with the pen name Maddie Dawson, read PEOPLE LIKE YOU and loved it and went on to say dreamy things about the characters and the writing.

She said:

“Malone’s characters are funny and unhappy and self-sabotaging and honest and brave,” says Shelton.

Every time this happens, I’m still dumbfounded that someone gets it,  what I was trying to do with those stories. It blows me away.

 

She also said:

“I couldn’t stop reading these stories and now I find myself missing them, so I go and reread them over and over. I want to go over to Malone’s house and cook her meals and do her grocery shopping so that she has time to write more books, because the world needs more of her writing.”

Happy to take you up on this offer, Sandi.

Here is the LINK to the BEST BEACH READS of 2017.

Thanks again.

 

Emerging Writers Network Interview

May is National Short Story Month! Did you know that?

Dan Wickett, the brain behind Emerging Writers Network and Dzanc Books, has put together a wonderful array of interviews with many of the writers who had short story collections published last year.

He was kind enough to reach out to me to talk about PEOPLE LIKE YOU.

My interview is HERE.

I encourage you to read through the whole month’s posts. It’s a wonderful array of debut, emerging and well-known writers talking about craft, publishing and the beauty of the form.

Thanks so much to Dan for including me in the mix.

WordFest in Longview, WA

This monthly gathering of readers and writers has hosted some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest writers.

There will be an open mic period following the presentations.

The event is free and open to the public.

WordFest Book Chat

Many thanks to Alan Rose for this great conversation leading up to October’s WordFest in Longview, WA. And thanks to KLTV and the fine folks operating the audio and camera.

I felt right at home.

Here’s the link to the Book Chat interview with Alan Rose.

And if you’re in Washington, come say hello on Tuesday, October 11 from 6-8.

Mother Foucault’s with Alexander Maksik

Thrilled to be reading with this sensationally talented author who’s coming through Portland in support of his new book SHELTER IN PLACE (Europa Editions).

Here’s the Facebook event page for the evening’s festivities.

If you haven’t been to Mother Foucault’s before, you should not waste another moment and need to get yourself there immediately. It is my favorite place to hide in Portland.

And if you have been there before, you know exactly what I’m talking about and therefore I assume I’ll see you there.

Harvard Book Store with Chris McCormick

I’m back in Boston tonight to read with Chris McCormick, author of the story collection DESERT BOYS. A book Karen Russell called, “…hilarious, devious, original, and unforgettable.” Clearly we are going to be a good fit together.

Here’s a link to the event.

On a personal note, seeing as how this bookstore was one of my favorite places to hang out during the latter part of the worst year of my life, I am especially excited to be reading here.

I’d love to see you there, Boston friends.

 

E-book is out for People Like You

The PEOPLE LIKE YOU e-book is now available for purchase.

Here are a couple links, depending on where you like to buy your books:

Scribd

Bookshout

On Bookshout, it says the book can be read in about 3 and half hours, which is hilarious because it took me about twelve years to write. I guess I better get back to writing the next one…

xo