Cat Editors

Not every writer can be famous, but their cats can! My newest cat, Dusty, has joined the ranks of Midge Raymond’s cat editors in her latest blog series. Check out this gorgeous man cat who has become all things in our house: foot warmer, lap warmer, chest (and sometimes head) warmer, abandoned milk drinker, Emma . . . 

Writing for Cecil

A few weeks ago a building near my office was overrun by police cars and media vans. I didn’t know what was going on until someone told me, complete with a meaningful look in one of the spare cubicles, “That’s where the dentist’s office is.” I didn’t need to be told which dentist, because in . . . 

Angels and Ministers of Grace Defend Us

One is tempted to quote Shakespeare or at least develop complex chess-like strategies when preparing for the annual AWP conference. With an attendance that rivals the population of Brainerd and a two hundred and thirty page program of official events—not including any of the offsite parties, receptions, readings, and launches—this behemoth can easily overwhelm most . . . 

From the Hilltops

I’m ridiculously excited to announce that my next book, The Shape of Trees, will be published by Atria under the Emily Bestler Books imprint!! (This news made possible by my fabulous agent, Stephanie Cabot!) Stay tuned for a preview page of the new book and more details on publication!  

I knew venom was good for me.

The same researcher who discovered Komodo dragons are venomous is now hoping to harness the power of that venom for medicinal purposes. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Dr. Brian Fry has “uncovered anticoagulant properties to Komodo dragon venom which could help stroke patients, as well as properties which drop blood pressure which could be used . . .