PAPERBACK of Right Back Where We Started From!

Filed under: Books,Fiction,Joy's Work,Novel,RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM — Administrator at 10:58 am on Sunday, August 14, 2022

PAPERBACKS of Right Back Where We Started From!

In some ways, this was more exciting than opening the box of hardbacks. I love paperback books.

Here I am with my hair in my face, opening the box:

You can order the paperback here!

More about the novel.

Courage to Write Grant From The De Groot Foundation!

Filed under: Awards,Books,Joy's Work,Novel — Administrator at 10:22 am on Sunday, August 14, 2022

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I’m honored and excited to share that I was awarded a Courage to Write grant from The de Groot Foundation!

I’m so grateful for their support as I finish up my second novel.

Flight of the Condors Is A Finalist

Filed under: Articles,Awards,Joy's Work,Nonfiction — Administrator at 10:14 am on Sunday, August 14, 2022

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My article Flight of the Condors, originally published in Alta Magazine, was a finalist in the 64th Southern California Journalism Awards. Read the full list of winners here.

Alta Article: Tin Can Mailman

Filed under: Articles,Joy's Work,Nonfiction — Administrator at 9:25 am on Sunday, August 14, 2022

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For Alta Magazine, I wrote an ode to my favorite childhood bookstore, Tin Can Mailman in Arcata, California.

I also wrote a round-up of North Coast Bookstores.

Mental Floss: Mary Astor’s Purple Diary, Old Hollywood’s Most Infamous Sex Scandal

Filed under: Articles,Joy's Work,Nonfiction,RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM — Administrator at 9:16 am on Sunday, August 14, 2022

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For Mental Floss, I wrote 10 Juicy Facts About Mary Astor’s Purple Diary, Old Hollywood’s Most Infamous Sex Scandal. This scandal was a huge inspiration for my novel, Right Back Where We Started From. Poor Mary Astor was done dirty.

Interview In The Rumpus

Filed under: Books,Fiction,Interviews,Joy's Work,Novel,RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM — Administrator at 9:08 am on Sunday, August 14, 2022

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I was interviewed by the fabulous Frances Badalamenti in The Rumpus!

We talked about greed, ambition, and the “unlikable” female characters in my novel Right Back Where We Started From.

Read the interview here.

One Year Birthday of RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM

Filed under: Books,Fiction,Joy's Work,Novel,RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM — Administrator at 8:32 am on Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Today is the one-year anniversary of the publication of my novel, RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM.

And in honor of that anniversary, I want to show you my office chair.

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Yes. I need a new office chair.

I show you this because it illustrates the reality of being a writer. Most of my time is spent sitting in a chair typing. So much time, in fact, that I wore away the plastic coating on the seat.

Putting in zillions of hours focusing on craft is how this job works, at least for me. And it has worked out okay, even though sometimes there are setbacks, like it taking nine years for my first novel to make it into the world.

But I’m grateful it did.

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Happy birthday, old friend.

Learn more about RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM here.

Or buy it!

There’s also an audiobook!

The paperback will be out in late August, so stay tuned for that.

Alta Live: Why Mark Twain Canceled Bret Harte

Filed under: Articles,Joy's Work,Nonfiction — Administrator at 8:11 am on Wednesday, May 4, 2022

I was invited by Alta Magazine to discuss my article When Mark Twain Canceled Bret Harte on Alta Live.

I was joined by Russell Jeung, professor of Asian American studies and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2021.

What started out as an investigation of the 30-year literary feud between Mark Twain and Bret Harte turned into an unfortunately relevant conversation about anti-Asian violence. Click the above video to listen to our discussion.

Article: Make It Rain

Filed under: Articles,Joy's Work,Nonfiction — Administrator at 7:54 am on Wednesday, April 13, 2022

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For Alta Magazine I wrote about cloud seeding. Did you know we already have the ability to increase precipitation in clouds? And that we’ve been doing it since the 1950s? And that the technology was invented by Kurt Vonnegut’s brother? Read it here.

I’m A Writer But… Podcast

Filed under: Books,Fiction,Interviews,Joy's Work,Novel,RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM — Administrator at 9:03 am on Wednesday, February 23, 2022

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I was on the I’m A Writer But… podcast! I had a great time talking about RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM, ambition, and my crazy path to publication.

Listen Here

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