Author Spotlight: Michael Hartigan and STONE ANGELS

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our spotlight on Michael Hartigan, award-winning author of the novel Stone Angels, a thriller following road trip of a young man looking to escape the tragedy he caused in college. Michael will be at our 65 James Street bookstore on Sunday, February 12, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM, talking about his book, reading, and signing.

Thank you so much for joining us for this interview, Michael! Can you please tell us briefly a little about yourself and your writing? How would you like us to introduce you?

I am an award-winning Massachusetts writer who enjoys exploring and writing about unique people, places and traditions around the world. My debut novel, Stone Angels, was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Writer Award and published last fall. This gritty, fast-paced thriller drops readers into the mind of a young man at war with a guilty conscience, and his road to confession. I am also an accomplished travel writer and journalist featured in numerous national and regional publications.

For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from Stone Angels?

I want to read a good story with strong characters, so that’s what I try to write. My writing is descriptive and puts the reader in the scene. I aim to fully develop my characters, give them some depth and sharp edges, so they can be equally likeable or detestable as needed. I want my reader to relate to the story in some way, have it tug at some emotion at some level. With my debut novel, Stone Angels, the reader is dropped into the mind of the main character, Augustine, who is dealing with an extremely guilty conscience. Maybe (hopefully!) the average reader’s actions haven’t led to death or destroyed reputations, but most everyone can relate on some level with the inner turmoil. Ultimately Augustine has to decide whether or not to confess everything, and at the same time the reader is left to decide whether or not Augustine does the right thing. In that way, I want the book to stay with you after you close that back cover.

What was the inspiration for Stone Angels? What were the steps you took to bring it from initial inspiration to the finished book?

Stone Angels has been evolving for a while. The book started more than 10 years ago, when I was still at Providence College in Rhode Island. College is a time when everyone is trying to figure out who they are or who they want to be, and that makes for some interesting interactions, settings and themes. I was a double major in English and Psychology and fiction writing became a way to tie in my English interests with my Psychology interests. I began writing down fictional stories and little vignettes about college and typical situations, but taken to the extreme. Eventually I realized I was writing about the same characters. The stories sort of wove together naturally into one narrative. I’ve spent a lot of time with this book, which is why I think readers have found Stone Angels to be very intimate and personal, even though it’s fiction. There is a lot of action to move the story along, but you really get to know the characters and their motivations.

What was the biggest challenge in writing and putting out Stone Angels?  How did you overcome that challenge?

In the early stages, I gave Stone Angels to various people to edit or provide feedback and I was always surprised to hear them ask if the main character was supposed to be me. I had to laugh, and quickly say no, given some of the things he does! Some characters reflect bits of personalities of people I know, and some of the scenes are exaggerated versions of things I may have experienced, but it’s purely fictional. The biggest challenge was actually navigating the publishing world without any prior experience. I am very fortunate to have taken the chance to submit to the Outstanding Writer Award contest and very grateful to have won. The publishing world is not easy to break into and this is my opportunity to get a foot in the door, and kick it wide open.

What draws you to the particular genre or style that you write? What do you think draws readers to these kinds of books?

When I was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Writer Award, I asked the President of Merrimack Media why they chose Stone Angels. She said because it was unique, unlike anything they’d ever read before. They couldn’t pin it down or think of another book it compared to – in a good way. I attribute this to the story’s intimacy and I think that is why it resonates with many types of readers. The reader gets right into the head of the main character and gets to poke around a little, glimpse behind the walls he erects to hide things from other people, including his friends. One reviewer said I, “blast my characters apart” and then reassemble them. The book is all about the characters, their relationships and how they intertwine, build up and fall apart. But at the same time, the book is fast-paced and keeps the action moving forward and the reader engaged. It could be considered literary fiction, or suspense/thriller, but I like to call the book a road trip redemption story.
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What piece of advice would you want to share with other writers?

Writing is the most important thing, but not the only thing. It takes leg-work and some persistence to get your book out there and read by people.

How important has the New England setting been to your writing?

Stone Angels is very much a New England book. Growing up in the suburbs of Boston certainly helped define who I am and the type of writer I’ve become. I grew up in Saugus, a blue-collar town that had a strong sense of community and family. I went to a Catholic all-boys high school, and through that made friends from across Massachusetts. This meant my teenage years were spent exploring large portions of New England. There is unique identity to all of these communities but each carries a similar thread of grit and pride, which is something I try to convey in my writing. In Stone Angels, it is reflected in many of the characters and their motivations. The setting of Stone Angels – mainly Providence, Rhode Island – also plays a major role. As a graduate of Providence College, many of the locations and settings in this book are places or events that I’ve been to and experienced firsthand, either while I was in college or afterwards. Because I spent many years putting this book together, I was able to pull from my own memory (bolstered by some Google searches, of course, to make sure I got things correct).

 

What else can we expect from you in the near future?

Hopefully a lot! I’m working on my next novel now, which won’t be a sequel to Stone Angels but I like to say it is set in the same universe. So some of the same characters will pop up and have an impact, more than just a cameo. I also have a series of children’s picture books that I’m in the process of pitching to agents and publishers. Other than fiction writing, I’m a journalist by trade – and I still do freelance travel journalism, one of my passions. I’ve written for local and national publications, like Northshore Magazine, the Metro West Daily News, Destinations Travel Magazine and the Arizona Republic, and I write a monthly travel column for the Wicked Local weekly papers. Right now, I’m writing a nonfiction travel book, comprised of narratives about the eclectic people I’ve met around the world. So keep an eye out!

What has been your favorite adventure during your writing career?

When I was in the fourth grade, my teacher encouraged me to write more and prompted me to enter a writing contest being run by a local company. I won that contest and received a bike as the prize. So many years later, I was at a community event at a booth selling and signing copies of my novel, Stone Angels (which was published because it, too, won a writing contest). This same fourth grade teacher had seen an ad for the event in the newspaper and drove over to see me and buy a copy of my first book. It was an unexpected and unforgettable moment that I shared with one of the people who helped kickstart my writing career.

Are there any groups, clubs, or organizations that you would recommend to other writers that have helped you in your career?

Joining author groups is a great way to make connections and network and maybe secure some events and media opportunities. Since I went to college in Rhode Island and my book is set in Providence, I joined the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA), which has been excellent. They’re very active and helpful and hold a well-attended expo every year.

Where can people find your work? (Besides ABSW ;)–though they should totally check here first!)

Stone Angels is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites in both print and eBook version. It is also available in large retailers and independent bookstores around New England. Visit www.stoneangelsbook.com for more info.
How can we follow your work, share your awesomeness, or otherwise stalk you in a totally non-creepy way?

Check us out at www.stoneangelsbook.com or on social media: Twitter @StoneAngelsBook and Facebook.com/StoneAngelsBook. I also am on Instagram at WhereverItTakesTravel (this combines my fiction writing and my travel writing and photos).
 Thank you again for the great interview, Michael, and we look forward to having you in our store on Sunday, February 12, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM to talk about Stone Angels!

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Winter Sale, now through February 5th!

GROUNDHOG DAYOnly six more weeks until Spring, according to the calendar!

To combat the long nights and cold weather, why not take advantage of additional savings on our discounted hardcover titles and our romance sales cart items, going on now?

On the Special Offers page on our website, we are offering the following coupons for in-store sales:

  • ALL Used Hardcover Books normally $3.99 only $3.50 
  • ALL $2.99 Sale Hardcover Books only $1.99
  • ALL $0.50 Sale Cart books 3/$1
  • ALL $2.00 Sale Cart books only $1.25

Coupons must be printed out and presented to the cashier at time of purchase.  One coupon per customer per day.  In-store sales only through Sunday, February 5, 2017.

 

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Events Buzz: February Starts!

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This week begins February! Check out our Black History Month display, as well as our display of books on love for Valentine’s Day.

Also check out the love we have for our local authors when you check out our updated and reorganized Local Author and Consignment display on the way to the Children’s Room!

This February, we’re also bringing back our Blind Date with Books program. Starting in February, near the front of the store, we’ll have white paper bags of used paperbacks with just a few mysterious words to hint at the 4 books hiding inside for $5. Looking for a surprise new book? Check out one of our blind dates!

We love our customers, patrons, and friends too, so there are some additional sales and coupons for you on our website under Special Offers. Please print out the coupon and bring it with you.  One coupon per purchase per day.

Thank you to everyone who came out on Friday for Worcester Storytellers open mic, featuring Catherine Zebrowski and on Sunday for our “Let Your Heart’s Desire Keep You Warm” panel of romance authors!

Our first February event is THIS SUNDAY, February 5.  ABSW invites kids of all ages to Assemble Superheroes on Superbowl Sunday Drop-In Craft between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM at our 65 James Street store. We’ll have some premade themes and costumes, or kids can design their own. For all of our Drop-In Crafts, children should be accompanied at all times by a parent or adult.

And to help you plan ahead, here’s a sneak peek at some of our February events!

Sunday, February 12, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Michael Hartigan shares his thriller Stone Angels. Debut novelist Hartigan shares his award-winning thriller about a road trip of redemption.

Thursday, February 16, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night: Love Stories. What has been your favorite love story told in television’s longest-running serial SF show?

Saturday, February18, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Presents The Girl Next Door by Amy Jo Cousins. Books available now in the store; join us for a great LGBTQIA discussion.

UPDATED THEMES: February Vacation Fun:

Remember, children should always be accompanied by an adult for our events.

Monday, February 20, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Small Animal Crafts.

Tuesday, February 21, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Astronomy Crafts

Wednesday, February 22, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Sing-Along and Little Monster Crafts

As a reminder, here are our regular events…

Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social, every Monday 7:00 PM (except for when the Free People’s Artists Workshop meets the fourth Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Worcester Storytellers, the fourth Friday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. Join the Worcester Storytellers for their open mic and featured reader every month. Next meeting is February 24.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the fourth Monday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association. Next meeting is February 27.

Doctor Who Discussion Nights, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction series. February’s topic will be Love Stories. Next meeting is February 16.

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that will meet once a month, usually on the third Saturdays, from 6:00-8:00 PM. January’s book is The Girl Next Door by Amy Jo Cousins. Next meeting is February 18.

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Author Spotlight: Rachel Kenley

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our spotlight on author Rachel Kenley, who will be moderating our panel of Romance Authors “Let Your Heart’s Desire Keep You Warm” THIS SUNDAY, January 29, from 3:00-5:00 PM at our “bigger on the inside” bookstore at 65 James Street.

Thank you so much for joining us, Rachel! Can you please tell us briefly a little about yourself and your writing? How would you like us to introduce you?

I’m Rachel Kenley and I’ve been published since August of 2007. I’m a romance writer, and I’ve had five novels and nine short stories published.  Several of my books are now out of print, but I’m planning on releasing them again – along with new books in the series. I’m a Jersey girl now trapped in New England where I miss all night diners and boardwalks.  I’m married for just over 20 years, and I homeschool my two teenage sons.

For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from your writing?

Well, I love a happy ending, so they will always get that from me.  I write contemporary and fantasy romance along with women’s fiction.  I love looking at relationships, how they change us, influence us – even hurt us.  And all relationships fascinate me – parental, siblings, romantic, and especially and most importantly the one we have with ourselves.  It’s also important to me that my characters have or learn their central core desire and commit to having that in their lives.  This is true whether I’m retelling a fairytale like in The Glass Stiletto or something completely new like the Melusine’s Daughters series, which is coming out later this year. I think this inner journey is one of the things that draws readers into my books and keeps them coming back.

 

What was the biggest challenge in writing and putting out The Glass Stiletto?  How did you overcome that challenge?

The biggest challenge was making my Cinderella, named Mariella in The Glass Stiletto, a very strong person and showing this aspect of her but at the same time not making Teodor, the prince, a weak character.  There’s nothing worse than a wimpy hero (okay, there probably is, but not that I can think of at the moment).  To overcome it, I had to show him being just as strong as she is – both when he’s with her and when he interacts with other characters. I also had to remember that two strong people can make for a very strong love story – and great passion.

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What piece of advice would you want to share with other writers?

Spend time on your business as well as your writing. It’s called “best-selling” not “best writing”.  Always be working to improve your craft and write the best book you can, but learn the business skills that will help you to get these awesome books and stories to the readers who will love them.  For every four hours of writing, I do one hour of business.

What else can we expect from you in the near future?

 I have three novels coming out this summer, June, July and August.  It’s the Melusine’s Daughters series which means it’s about mermaids. And if you like mermaids and don’t want to wait I have a free download of a retold version of The Little Mermaid which is called Legs. Email me at rachelkenley@gmail.com and I’ll send it to you!

 

What does your writing space look like? What do you need to have around you while writing or editing?

I am very fortunate.  I have a home office space that my husband and sons created by converting the garage for me.  There’s space to write, space to relax, and lots of book cases.  I also have a 300 square foot studio in the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, MA. It’s an amazing place with over 250 studios and over 300 artists of all different kinds.  The energy and inspiration there is fantastic. 

 

What is one thing that most people don’t realize about you?

I’m an introvert!  Yes, I’m social and good at talking in front of a group and talking about my work or my passions, but when it comes to getting re-energized and focused?  Like Greta Garbo, I want to be alone. I treasure my unscheduled alone time whether I use it to read, nap, or watch a movie, it’s precious to me and I’m grateful when I have it.

 

While you’re writing, do you prefer music, silence, other? Please elaborate!

I’m a music person. But it has to be music without words.  The only words can be the ones in my head and that my characters are thinking or saying. I use a lot of movie soundtracks.  They are intended to create emotions and carry you along so they are perfect for me.  My favorites are Rachel Portman, Andre Desplat, and James Horner.  Danny Elfman is great when I’m creating fantasy realms.

 

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned, thus far, in your writing career?

500 words a day is better than none.  You can’t edit a blank page. I know it sounds basic, but I’ve learned the incredible importance of showing up on the page.  500 words a day for 5 days is 2,500 words.  In 10 weeks, that’s 25,000 and in 30 weeks you’ve got 75,000.  Yes, there are burst days where you write almost manically and the words just keep flowing, but more often it happens in increments and steps and that’s just fine.

 

Are there any groups, clubs, or organizations that you would recommend to other writers that have helped you in your career?

Having a local group for support and encouragement is especially wonderful.  I have gotten a lot from my participation in Broad Universe, which I highly recommend.  Recently I became part of the Independent Publishers of New England and I am learning a great deal about the publishing business and how it relates to a writer’s success.

 

Where can people find your work? (Besides ABSW ;)–though they should totally check here first!)

Online and through my publishers Riverdale Avenue Books and Ellora’s Cave

 

How can we follow your work, share your awesomeness, or otherwise stalk you in a totally non-creepy way?

My website is www.rachelkenley.net and my blog is there too.  I’m also on Facebook… lots.

Thank you again for joining us, Rachel!  We look forward to you joining us as moderator for “Let Your Heart’s Desire Keep You Warm” this Sunday, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester!

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Events Buzz: Running out of January

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We are running out of January and moving onto February! And with February coming, we are full of love!!

And if YOU want to show us how much you love us, our little “bigger on the inside” bookstore is on TripAdvisor. Consider leaving us a review!

We’re also bringing back our Blind Date with Books program. Starting in February, near the front of the store, we’ll have white paper bags of used paperbacks with just a few mysterious words to hint at the 4 books hiding inside for $5. Looking for a surprise new book? Check out one of our blind dates!

Of course, we still have some fun events finishing out our January!

THIS FRIDAY, January 27, from 7:00 – 8:30, we are happy to host Worcester Storytellers! This month’s event and open mic features local poet and novelist Catherine Zebrowski.

And then THIS SUNDAY, January 29, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM, we’re inviting you to Let Your Heart’s Desire Keep You Warm this winter as we bring in a panel of romance authors to read, sign, talk about their books, writing romance, and more!

And to help you plan ahead, here’s a sneak peek at some of our February events!

Sunday, February 5, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Assemble Superheroes on Superbowl Sunday.

Sunday, February 12, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Michael Hartigan shares his thriller Stone Angels.

Thursday, February 16, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night: Love Stories.

Saturday, February18, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Presents The Girl Next Door by Amy Jo Cousins.

UPDATED THEMES: February Vacation Fun:

Monday, February 20, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Small Animal Crafts.

Tuesday, February 21, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Astronomy Crafts

Wednesday, February 22, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Sing-Along and Little Monster Crafts

As a reminder, here are our regular events…

Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social, every Monday 7:00 PM (except for when the Free People’s Artists Workshop meets the fourth Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Worcester Storytellers, the fourth Friday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. Join the Worcester Storytellers for their open mic and featured reader every month. Next meeting is January 27 and features Catherine Zebrowski.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the fourth Monday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association. Next meeting is TONIGHT January 23.

Doctor Who Discussion Nights, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction series. January’s topic will be First Stories. Next meeting is February 16.

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that will meet once a month, usually on the third Saturdays, from 6:00-8:00 PM. January’s book is Power Play by Avon Gale. Next meeting is February 18.

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Spotlight: Catherine Zebrowski

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our spotlight on Catherine Zebrowski, who will be the featured reader of Worcester Storytellers this month on Friday, January 27. The open mic-featured reader event starts at 7:00 PM.

Catherine Zebrowski grew up in Central Massachusetts and, after graduating from Worcester State, lived in Dublin Ireland for a year studying literature and drama.  She has had two chapbooks of poetry published through lulu and her poems have appeared in several journals. Her first novel, Sleepwalking Backwards, is coming out in 2017 through Touchpoint Press.

Thank you very much for joining us Catherine! Can you please tell us briefly a little about yourself and your writing?

Characters, characters everywhere, even in the poetry!  I have written many poems, a few plays and two novels over the last several decades. Many of these characters are from my Celtic Heritage.  My mother grew up on the west coast of Ireland and my paternal grandmother’s family came over from Brittainy.  Lots of oral tradition was passed down and I often weave stories together in my narrative poems like the ghost story I recently read at Fiddler’s Green Pub in Worcester.

 My latest novel, Sleepwalking Backwards, fits into a number of genres including mother –daughter, mystery, ghost story, and fantasy. I like weaving together genres but the story always remains character-driven.

 

For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from you?

My latest novel, Sleepwalking Backwards, which I will be reading from in January at the Worcester Storyteller’s at Annie’s, is a mother-daughter novel with a ghostly core.  True to my love of soliloquy, one of the main characters in the 70s part of the story is mute for psychological reasons—so what the reader experiences is a soliloquy from the point of view of a woman who, because of trauma, cannot communicate verbally for several weeks.  This is very hard because she has a one-year-old daughter who is learning to talk and needs to hear her mother’s voice.  The other main character, the young woman all grown up two decades later, has some peculiar and unique ways of coping with her own feelings of somehow being “different,” which she grapples with through the imagination of a scientist and her  obsession with astronomy.  The book will be coming out in 2017 through TouchPoint Press.  Here’s a hint of what the story is about:

Sometimes it takes a ghost to bridge the gap between a mother and a daughter.  It is heading toward the millennium, and 23 year old Amanda, a gifted mathematician and amateur astronomer, cannot seem to move forward with her life.  Her obsession with astronomy and the power of imagination break through boundaries to reveal a family secret her parents, unable to deal with, have never discussed…

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What kind of research went into writing this book? What is your favorite research story? What cool facts and findings didn’t make it into the book, but you loved discovering?

 

I had to do a lot of research on the astronomers of the 1600s and had lots of interesting reading finding out how eccentric they actually were and the extent to which those odd behaviors went in order to satisfy their curious minds.  In the book, I do include Newton’s faux pas of almost blinding himself by looking straight at the sun when he was trying to figure out the nature of light, but he actually experimented further by sticking a needle into his eye socket between the eyeball and the bone and noticed when he pressed it down he saw several light, dark and colored circles. When he held the eye and needle still the circles would fade.  Rather than being alarmed that this might damage his eyesight, he pondered whether light was a manifestation of pressure.

 In my reading about Kepler, I learned that he almost wrote the first science fiction novel before Mary Shelly came along with the beloved Frankenstein. Kepler’s story was just a fragment, more of a short story or what was called a dream vision at the time, that he made up to try to explain the surface of the moon and what would happen to “deamons” as  they traveled through space.  He had two characters on earth watching it all and giving descriptions.   It’s called the somnium, and my main character is fascinated by it. Interestingly, enough his description of this voyage  meshes quite well  with the description of the “spaghetti effect” described in the book The Physics of Star Trek written in 1995 about 300 years later–just,  WOW!!!

 

What was the inspiration for Sleepwalking Backwards? What were the steps you took to bring it from initial inspiration to the finished book?

Believe it or not, I wrote the first draft in 1999 because I wanted to write a book about the year 2000 before it occurred. One of the biggest influences was a book called The Sleepwalkers by Arthur Koestler, which is about the early astronomers in the 17th Century like Newton and especially Kepler and how eccentric they were in their genius minds.  Koestler felt they often did not realize what they had actually discovered or the significance of their work, and he showed how their imagination and intellect worked together as they “stumbled around guided by uncanny instinct” thus the title The Sleepwalkers. He presented a lot of scientific information in a very entertaining way.

 My first draft had only one main character, the young women Amanda. As I continued to revise, I felt compelled to write the earlier story about Amanda’s mother in the ’70s and how a family trauma can impact the next generation. Even though Amanda was a baby at that time of her mother’s trauma, her pre-verbal surroundings and later lack of information about what happened confused her sense of identity as she came into her own.  At one point, the Gloria story was going to be a prequel to the Amanda story, but as I began to revise, I decided to merge the stories together so the mother’s and daughter’s stories are told in alternating chapters.

How important has the New England setting been to your writing?

The New England setting is important in my poetry with some poems actually taking place on the streets of Worcester.   I always loved Worcester, except as a teenager, and for years wanted to write something like a social history of the area. However, as much as I like to present things as they really are, I always feel compelled to fictionalize them.  Sleepwalking Backwards takes place in New England.  The main characters live in Worcester and an unnamed place in Vermont.  I even have some scenes in the old Tatnuck Bookseller and the restaurant that used to be called the Struck of Loke, then became just the Struck and now is a catering service with that name.  I also have part of a scene at the Blue Plate in Holden, where my friends and I headed every weekend in the early ’70s to dance to the music of Zonakaraz.

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Are there any groups, clubs, or organizations that you would recommend to other writers that have helped you in your career?

I think since writing is such a solitary endeavor it is very helpful to seek out workshops and readings for the fellowship and insight that others can offer.  In the past, I have   gone to several workshops including the Chenango Valley Writers Conference and the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference.  More recently, I’ve attend many readings in Worcester County, and every year I go to the Monadnock Pastoral Poetry Retreat in Southern New Hampshire the first weekend in May.  I also attend the Worcester Storytellers that meet at Annie’s Book Stop on the fourth Friday of every month.

 

Where can people find your work? (Besides ABSW ;)–though they should totally check here first!)

My poetry books are available through lulu.com, and I still have some available that you can purchase by getting in touch with me through my website catherinezebrowski.wordpress.com.  My first novel, Sleepwalking Backwards, is coming out in 2017 and will be available through touchpointpress.com, Amazon.com, and I will also have some author copies.

How can we follow your work, share your awesomeness, or otherwise stalk you in a totally non-creepy way?

You can get in touch with me on facebook, or my website catherinezebrowski.wordpress.com. I often read my poetry at open mics that are mostly for musicians–there is definitely much about music in my poetry, which is why the musicians let me get away with it. On Wednesdays nights, I sometimes read at the Fitzwilliam Inn in Fitzwilliam N. H.,  and once a month or so, I’m at the Irish Music Sessions at the Fiddler’s Green Pub in Worcester.  They are held every other Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Thank you very much for the interview, Catherine!  We look forward to hearing you as the featured reader at Worcester Storytellers on Friday, January 27th at our 65 James Street book store!

 

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Events Buzz: Happy Dr. MLK Jr. Day

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Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

We have quite a bit happening this week for you, with three events!

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THIS THURSDAY, January 19, from 7:00 – 8:00, we are hosting our Doctor Who Discussion Night. This month’s topic is First Stories. How did your favorite Doctor get introduced? How did the Doctor first meet your favorite companion? When did your favorite monster show up in the series? Join us for a fun discussion of our favorite SF icon!

And then THIS SATURDAY, January 21, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM, we have a sepecial Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts Presents Author LJ Cohen. LJ Cohen is a social activist and a Boston-area novelist, poet, blogger, ceramics artist, and relentless optimist. Her diverse novel casts include several LGBTQIA characters, and her most recent book, Dreadnought and Shuttle, (book 3 of the SF/Space Opera series Halcyone Space) represents her sixth published novel. Derelict, the first novel in the series, was chosen as a Library Journal Self-e Select title and book of the year in 2016. She blogs about publishing, general geekery, and other ephemera at http://www.ljcbluemuse.blogspot.com. Contact LJ at lisa@ljcohen.net and http://www.ljcohen.net.

Following L.J. Cohen, THIS SATURDAY, Saturday, January 21, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, the Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts meet to discuss Power Play by Avon Gale. Copies of the book are still available for sale at the store, and you don’t have to have finished the book to enjoy the discussion.

And later this month…

NEW LISTING: Friday, January 27, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers Open Mic, featuring Catherine Zebrowski

UPDATED LINK: Sunday, January 29, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Let Your Heart’s Desire Keep You Warm: A Panel of Romance Authors

To help you plan ahead, here’s a sneak peek at some of our February events!

Sunday, February 5, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Superhero Crafts on Superbowl Sunday.

Sunday, February 12, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Michael Hartigan shares his thriller Stone Angels.

Thursday, February 16, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night.

Saturday, February18, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Presents The Girl Next Door by Amy Jo Cousins.

February Vacation Fun:

Monday, February 20, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Monster Crafts.

Tuesday, February 21, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Train Crafts

Wednesday, February 22, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Wildlife Crafts

As a reminder, here are our regular events…

Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social, every Monday 7:00 PM (except for when the Free People’s Artists Workshop meets the fourth Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Worcester Storytellers, the fourth Friday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. Join the Worcester Storytellers for their open mic and featured reader every month. Next meeting is January 27 and features Catherine Zebrowski.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the fourth Monday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association. Next meeting is January 23.

Doctor Who Talks, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction series. January’s topic will be First Stories. Next meeting is January 19.

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that will meet once a month, usually on the third Saturdays, from 6:00-8:00 PM. January’s book is Power Play by Avon Gale. Next meeting is January 21.

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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