Writer in Residence! (and a few other bits of news)

Great news! I’ve been selected as the next Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh. It’s a two-year position (every new writer brings in their own ideas for working with students and programming the Visiting Writers series), and I’ll start on September 1st, though I’m already trying to line up authors for first-semester events, and dreaming of having my own office for the first time in…well, not ever, as I worked in a magnet high school once and had my very own little closet with bookshelves, but it’s been a while. I’ll post more about it when I’m finally there.

As an American who’s spent much of her adult life living in not-America, I always appreciate knowing where to find other Americans, if only for significant cultural events: the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Girl Scout cookie season. (Seriously, people hand-import those, and make requests when their friends go back for visits, and stash them for special moments. I currently have two boxes of Thin Mints in the freezer.) My local American club recently hosted the biennial FAWCO conference and invited me for a panel on writing and publishing. This ended up being a chat with my friend and fellow author Kierney Scott; since we write in different genres, and have much different ways of writing books, we were able to riff off each other. (Photo used courtesy of Patricia Ramaer.)

And finally, I’m one of 86 longlisted writers (out of 2800 entries) for the Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize. The shortlist is out on June 1st - fingers crossed!