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Here it is, the announcement I’ve been waiting to make since I was seven years old: My debut novel, Oil and Marble, will be published by Arcade.

I first asked the question that inspired the book back in 1997, while attending a PhD program in St. Louis. I decided to write the story in 2006 — but it started out as a screenplay. After years of research, I dedicated myself to writing the novel in early 2011. I finished the manuscript in the spring of 2014. Now, just two weeks before my 40th birthday, I’m finally here. (Thank you to my agent, Barbara Braun, for believing in my book and making this moment happen) Come back to this blog for updates about me, the publishing process, the book, and more. But for now, I’m off to celebrate!

The day I finished the manuscript/printed it out (nearly a year ago)