My thanks to MFA students at the University of Kansas for inviting me to read and discuss both my novel and the writing life. Take a listen!
Sophie’s House of Cards has been named a finalist for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards! What a lovely surprise.
Only a few weeks back, I gave my first readings, tarot readings, that is. My foray into fortunetelling came at the Associated Writing Programs in Minneapolis–and it was a shameless promotional ploy that worked quite well. What I learned is that I am not half bad as a card reader.
Now, I am intrigued by others who dabble in the tarot. This past weekend, my family and I went to the farmer’s market in downtown Albuquerque. There, I met a gentleman who gives readings with the help of his goose, Princess Esmeralda. She wasn’t much help to him on this particular occasion. Most often, she slept through the excitement! But I was fascinated by the man who kept his bird tucked up under his free hand. See her there, neck dangling?
Jeff Davis became part of my writing pack back in the early 2000’s when I took a half-day writing and yoga class with him. Loved it.
He has gone on to do so much for writers everywhere with Tracking Wonder. And he teaches regularly at the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference. He’ll be there this summer, as a matter of fact.
I was delighted to share with Jeff some of the books that matter most to me in this post. Here are cover images for a few of them.
A few months ago, I was invited to participate in a local book club meeting. The five women educators had read Sophie’s House of Cards, and they had questions for me. The following interview grew out of that cozy evening of talk and food and drink. My thanks to the interviewer, Dana Salvador.
Read the interview here.
“Warner captures the New Mexican landscape beautifully: the gold of cottonwood trees in fall; the gush of desert spring; the delicate and smothering way snow falls in the mountains. But it is the placing of everyday human life directly inside this landscape that allows Warner to create such a striking portrait of the American Southwest. Her descriptions illuminate not the grandeur of a Western-film backdrop but the details of real life: making chorizo for breakfast; owning a small business; the ordinariness of sex and infidelity.
Peggy’s old tarot deck provides an interesting frame for the novel, with illustrations and explanations of certain cards beginning each chapter. Warner also plays with verb tense throughout, a stylistic choice that merges well with the narrative thread of fortune telling. In the end, it is perhaps the very tentativeness of all the houses we build around and within ourselves that Sophie’s story reveals most.”
To read the review in its entirety, click here.
I am grateful to V. B. Price for his thoughtful questions on Sophie’s House of Cards and to New Mexico Mercury for the support of my novel.
If you haven’t read the Mercury, I encourage you to give it a half hour of your time. You’ll be hooked.
Today, for instance, the Mercury features a photo essay by writer and photographer, Margaret Randall entitled, “By Water Alone” which takes us to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
Of course, I imagined Art Bachrach in attendance, or at least watching from the doorway of his office.
For those of you who never met Art, and for those knew him and miss him, here’s a three-minute introduction to a gracious man.