A Unique Perspective
I know what it’s like to struggle through a novel, and I know what it’s like to send a novel out again and again, only to face one rejection after another. I also know the value of hardheaded persistence, having reaped my share of rewards for simply refusing to give up. I began my career with an award-winning story collection published by a small university press, then went on to publish my first novel with San Francisco house MacAdam/Cage before landing contracts for four books with Bantam, a division of Random House. My second novel, The Year of Fog, was rejected by almost every major publisher before becoming a New York Times and international bestseller.
I taught creative writing at the university level for more than a decade, working with hundreds of graduate students on their novels and short stories. I also run a micropress, Fiction Attic, whose mission is to discover work by talented writers who may be overlooked by bigger publishing houses.
In addition to a strong foundation in narrative craft, I have a passionate desire to make every book I work on the best it can be. My goal is to help you stay true to your creative vision, while making choices that will propel your story forward and keep the reader turning pages.