PAPERBACK of Right Back Where We Started From!

Filed under: Books,RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM — Administrator at 10:58 am on Sunday, August 14, 2022

PAPERBACKS of Right Back Where We Started From!

In some ways, this was more exciting than opening the box of hardbacks. I love paperback books.

Here I am with my hair in my face, opening the box:

You can order the paperback here!

More about the novel.

Interview on The Bookshop Podcast

Filed under: Books,Interviews,RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM — Administrator at 10:38 am on Sunday, August 14, 2022

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I had the pleasure to speak to Mandy Jackson-Beverly on The Bookshop Podcast about my novel, Right Back Where We Started From. Listen Here.

I’m A Master Gardener!

Filed under: Personal — Administrator at 10:28 am on Sunday, August 14, 2022

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After five-months of practicums, weekly classes, and a grueling 100-question exam, I graduated from the Sonoma County Master Gardener program! Here I am with my … certificate? Degree?

Anyway, I’m a Master Gardener now.

Kyle And I Have Been Married 20 Years!!

Filed under: Kyle Rankin,Personal — Administrator at 10:25 am on Sunday, August 14, 2022

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I have been married to Kyle Rankin for 20 years! I can’t believe it. Much of our marriage is recorded on this site.

He is the best, my best friend, the best father, the best husband.

We went to Paris to celebrate. Here we are in a restaurant.

Courage to Write Grant From The De Groot Foundation!

Filed under: Awards,Books,Novel — Administrator at 10:22 am on Sunday, August 14, 2022

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I’m honored and excited to share that I was awarded a Courage to Write grant from The de Groot Foundation!

I’m so grateful for their support as I finish up my second novel.

Flight of the Condors Is A Finalist

Filed under: Articles,Awards,Nonfiction — Administrator at 10:14 am on Sunday, August 14, 2022

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My article Flight of the Condors, originally published in Alta Magazine, was a finalist in the 64th Southern California Journalism Awards. Read the full list of winners here.

Alta Article: Tin Can Mailman

Filed under: Articles,Nonfiction — Administrator at 9:25 am on Sunday, August 14, 2022

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For Alta Magazine, I wrote an ode to my favorite childhood bookstore, Tin Can Mailman in Arcata, California.

I also wrote a round-up of North Coast Bookstores.

Mental Floss: Mary Astor’s Purple Diary, Old Hollywood’s Most Infamous Sex Scandal

Filed under: Articles,Nonfiction,RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM — Administrator at 9:16 am on Sunday, August 14, 2022

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For Mental Floss, I wrote 10 Juicy Facts About Mary Astor’s Purple Diary, Old Hollywood’s Most Infamous Sex Scandal. This scandal was a huge inspiration for my novel, Right Back Where We Started From. Poor Mary Astor was done dirty.

Interview In The Rumpus

Filed under: Books,Interviews,RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM — Administrator at 9:08 am on Sunday, August 14, 2022

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I was interviewed by the fabulous Frances Badalamenti in The Rumpus!

We talked about greed, ambition, and the “unlikable” female characters in my novel Right Back Where We Started From.

Read the interview here.

One Year Birthday of RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM

Filed under: Novel,RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM — Administrator at 8:32 am on Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Today is the one-year anniversary of the publication of my novel, RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM.

And in honor of that anniversary, I want to show you my office chair.

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Yes. I need a new office chair.

I show you this because it illustrates the reality of being a writer. Most of my time is spent sitting in a chair typing. So much time, in fact, that I wore away the plastic coating on the seat.

Putting in zillions of hours focusing on craft is how this job works, at least for me. And it has worked out okay, even though sometimes there are setbacks, like it taking nine years for my first novel to make it into the world.

But I’m grateful it did.

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Happy birthday, old friend.

Learn more about RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM here.

Or buy it!

There’s also an audiobook!

The paperback will be out in late August, so stay tuned for that.

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