New York was a Dream, a Memory, and a Haunting

Last weekend, I returned to New York for the first time in one year and nine months--the first time since moving back to the West Coast. I knew that because of the baggage I left behind and the loss I had experienced there that I needed a solid reason for my first return trip. That… Continue reading New York was a Dream, a Memory, and a Haunting

What is PNW Literature?

I've been asking myself that a lot since returning home to Washington last summer. My first book, Siblings and Other Disappointments, is my most characteristically Pacific Northwest. It's hard to imagine my characters' stories being lived in other small towns, near other mountains and rivers, across other agriculturally dependent landscapes. But perhaps that is what every… Continue reading What is PNW Literature?

Hanging With My Idol and Reading in My Hometown: A Dispatch From My Latest Book Tour Events

My book has been out for almost six months, and I still can't believe how fast the time has gone by since I held that first copy in my hands. 2017 has gifted me with two memorable bookstore events that were equally special but in very different ways. I chose to spend my thirtieth birthday… Continue reading Hanging With My Idol and Reading in My Hometown: A Dispatch From My Latest Book Tour Events