My first manuscript is represented by the Jacinta di Mase Agency.
The fledgling version of this manuscript, Everything You Want, gained me a place in Canada’s Banff Wired Writing Studio.
In 2014, the manuscript was a Finalist in the PEN/Bellwether Prize. It was also awarded a High Commendation in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for an Unpublished Manuscript, and was on the longlist for the Bath Novel Award.
My second manuscript, Unity, is inspired by the true story of Bobby Dunbar, who went missing in Louisiana in 1912 and, when found, was claimed by two women. That story has been documented in A Case for Solomon (Free Press, 2012), a nonfiction account written by Bobby’s descendant Margaret Dunbar Cutright and Tal McThenia. The story was also the subject of a documentary aired on This American Life. Mostly because, in 2004, DNA testing showed the boy had been given to the wrong family.
I’m currently working on a third manuscript, Breaking Glass, that explores the modern-day lives of the descendants of Unity‘s missing boy.
In order to become a better writer, I read about writing a lot. Here are some of the books I’ve read about writing that I recommend. Each one offer advice that is inspiring, smart and sensible.
Becoming a Writer, Dorothea Brande
Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
The Art of Fiction, John Gardner
The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose
13 Ways of Looking at the Novel, Jane Smiley
Thing Feigned or Imagined, Fred Stenson
Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from the New York Times
The Paris Review collect interviews, all of them
Still Writing, Dani Shapiro
A Writer’s Diary, Virginia Woolf
On Writing, Stephen King
How Fiction Works, James Wood
The Faith of a Writer, Joyce Carol Oates