One Book One Bluegrass - About The Author In Her Own Words

I’m a Cancerian with a Leo Moon and Taurus rising, and yes, I know what all of that means.

I studied theatre and studio art at Smith College.

I grew up in Marshfield, Massachusetts. Steve Carrell now owns the store where I bought penny candy and blue raspberry Slush Puppies as a child. This both amuses and disturbs me.

I was reading Stephen King at age 12 and J.K. Rowling at age 21. This likely speaks volumes about my literary development.

I currently live in Manhattan; previously I lived in various Massachusetts cities. I would still favor Boston sports teams if I cared about sports, but “I heart NY” so far.

I write. Fantastical, fairy tale-esque things with magic and mystery and tea.

I started querying literary agents in June of 2009. After working with interested agents and revising my manuscript (twice), I signed with my agent in May of 2010. Then I spent a summer in the Revisionland Hotel, and in September of 2010, The Night Circus sold to Doubleday. The sound you are hearing is my head spinning, still.

My fiction tends to be location-driven. Nocturnal circuses, subterranean libraries, townhouses dressed up as pirate ships. I got tired of living in Alice’s Wonderland and decided to build some of my own.

I write 10-sentence flash fiction pieces inspired by photographs that are posted to my blog ( every Friday. They are fondly known as flax-golden tales.

I read a lot. I drink absurd amounts of red wine and even more absurd amounts of tea.

I collect jewelry made from old keys.

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