The memoir Townie, by Andre Dubus III. Common sense. 12
I have been thinking a lot about common sense in recent years, including while writing my novel, reading the memoir, Townie, by Andres Dubus III, and using weights at a gym.

Common Sense

Cheryl Strayed, author, Torch sales 8
I am a fan of Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of Wild. My husband, familiar with Aitkin County from his youth, and knowing McGregor, Minnesota was where Strayed grew up, suggested we detour to this remote region that is one-third bog while we drove to Duluth from Minneapolis in August of […]

A Fan Visits Cheryl Strayed’s Hometown

Cheryl Strayed, author 14
“You are a god,” I said to Cheryl Strayed. I’ve never made this outrageous declaration to anyone before or since. She deflected my comment with a wave of her hand. It was the summer of 2007. This was five years before Strayed would achieve incredible success. In 2012, Strayed’s memoir […]

Cheryl Strayed, You Are a God

Suzy Vitello as Roxy Soulé 9
We creative writers—whether of memoir, poetry, screenplays, or fiction—unmask ourselves. It’s partly what impels many of us to write, our need to turn ourselves inside out for the world to see what we’re experiencing inside, and sometimes our need to try to empty ourselves of what’s itching us, or even […]

Author Vulnerability: Suzy Vitello to My Rescue!