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I love the perfect comeback. In fact, I wrote a whole novel about the desire of a woman to deliver a perfect one.  I’m also famous amongst my friends and colleagues for having the perfect comeback at my fingertips at all times. It’s not uncommon for someone to ask for a comeback for a situation…

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I have no definitive favorite first line of a novel, though I am partial to the first line of Slaughterhouse Five: “All this happened, more or less.” Also, Fahrenheit 451:  “It was a pleasure to burn.” Of all my books, I like the first sentence of Chicken Shack, my unpublished novel that will hopefully see…

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This summer I spoke at the Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, NH about my latest novel, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs. A local television news crew recorded the event and posted it to YouTube.  If you’ve always wanted to attend one of my book events but haven’t been able to, here’s your chance (though…

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Since I published my first novel in 2009, I have attended well over 100 book club meetings both in person and over Skype with people from all over the world who have read my books. While I love speaking in book stores and libraries whenever given the opportunity, it’s always a special honor to be…

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I have a habit of including real people in my fictional stories. If you’ve read Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, you might know that Mrs. Gosk is a real person. She was my colleague for 18 years until last year when she terribly, tragically retired. If you have the audio version of that book, you…

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I visited the Townsend Library in Massachusetts this week. I spoke to some lovely people about my path to becoming a writer, ordered them to go home and write, answered some interesting questions about my books, teaching, and the writing process, and then listened in as a book club discussed The Perfect Comeback of Caroline…

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I am not a famous person, regardless of what a couple of my friends may insist. I am not even close to being famous. I am not even fame-ish. I’ve had the honor of occupying the same space and even spending time with famous people this past year. A long backstage chat with Dr. Ruth.A…

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A couple weeks ago I visited Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont, as a part of my recent book tour for The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs. Northshire is one of my favorite bookstores in the world. My wife and I take an annual pilgrimage to Northshire in the spring and always love our weekend…

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My most recent novel, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, published ten days ago on September 8. Originally my book launch party was slated for September 10, but that was the date of the Patriots home opener at Gillette Stadium, and I have my priorities. My publicist understood completely, so the launch was moved to…

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Library Journal – the journal for librarians everywhere – mention my upcoming novel with some surprisingly explicit language.  But in a good way.  I’m thrilled, of course. After my wife and children and the New England Patriots and the person who makes my Egg McMuffin every day, librarians are my favorite people. 

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