Author of the Month
Tuesday, November 29th
1. What is the name of your book(s)?
The Lost Women of Azalea Court
Her Sister’s Tattoo
Kinship of Clover
On Hurricane Island
2. What genre do you write? What type of reader would be interested in your story?
I write literary fiction. Readers who like novels by Barbara Kingsolver, Jacqueline Sheehan, Jodi Picoult, Julia Glass, Brad Kessler and Jennifer Rosner might want to take a look.
3. Is there anything you'd like to share about yourself or your background? For example. Have you won any awards? Empty heading
My second novel, On Hurricane Island, was a semi-finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award
My third novel, Kinship of Clover, was selected as a Great Group Read by the Women’s National Book Association
My fourth novel, Her Sister’s Tattoo, was a finalist for the Sarton Prize
I have also written a play, titled Gridlock, and am the co-editor of a new short story anthology titled, Dreams for a Broken World.
4. Will you be bringing books to sell?
Yes, I will have copies of my books for sale at the Author Talk.
5. How long have you been writing?
I consider myself a literary late bloomer. I loved my job as a nurse practitioner, but always wanted to write novels. Work and family got in the way until, in my fifties, I decided to try writing fiction. I loved it and enrolled in a low-residency MFA program (for people who have full-time jobs).
6. Are you self-published?
No, all my books have been traditionally published by Red Hen Press, a non-profit independent press located in California.
7. Do you have any pre-presentations materials you would like me to use?
I’m attaching the book cover of the latest book and my author photo.
My website is www.ellenmeeropol.com
8. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I read a lot, mostly contemporary fiction written by women. I particularly like books that make me think, that teach me something about the world, while engaging my interest in the characters. My favorite authors (this week) are Andrea Barrett, Kamila Shamsie, Julia Alvarez, Octavia Butler, Richard Powers, and Paule Marshall.
Unzipping the Past
It was never my plan to set my fifth novel in my backyard. Writing fiction about your hometown is tricky. Locating the story right in your neighborhood even more so, especially when that neighborhood carries a heavy load of history and of stigma...... Click here to read complete article.
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