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.
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.
My post explores the reasons I’m currently enrolled in an online writing course entitled, “Write Where You Are: A Mindful Approach” with Sara Michas-Martin. Here’s the opening paragraph.
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” – Zen Master Shunryo Suzuki
Most beginning writers are anxious to shrug off the adjective, which they perceive as a pejorative. When I was beginning to write, I wanted nothing more than to be taken seriously. Now, I can pass as an expert fiction writer and my employer prefers that I do so. I am a professor in English Department at the University of New Mexico where I teach creative writing to undergraduates and graduate students. I also serve as the founding director of the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, an annual week-long event that is currently in its seventeenth year.
Why, then, have I decided to shrug off the expert mantle and assume the role of beginner again. Why am I taking a writing class online? Here’s why:
To read the post in its entirety, click 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.
At long last, I got the opportunity to read in this lovely space.
And who knows? Maybe Art got a glimpse.
Reading at Bookworks Bookstore on October 5, 2014
Thanks to the friends, family, colleagues, current and former students–plus a few total strangers–who joined me for a discussion and signing of Sophie’s House of Cards. As usual, I am indebted to my husband, Teddy, for all the excellent photos.