IPPY Award!

And then this great thing happened … Clio Rising took home the gold medal for the Northeast Region in the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards!

NC Arts Council Reading

On February 19, I was honored to read at Charlotte Center for the Literary Arts with three other 2019-2020 Literature Fellows of the North Carolina Arts Council. That’s me at the far left of the lineup with the inexplicably rosy cheeks. I read a piece from my historical novel Testimony, which will be out in fall 2020 from Bywater Books. Thanks to David Potorti of the NC Arts Council for curating and to Kathie Collins and Paul Reali of Charlotte Lit for hosting!

From left: Paula Martinac, Kathie Collins, Jennie Malboeuf, Jonathan Strong, David Potorti, Danielle Spratley, and Paul Reali. Photo by Tamela Rich

Charlotte Readers Podcast

I’m featured today on this great podcast, reading from my work — including a snippet from my forthcoming novel, Clio Rising — and talking about my writing process. Check it out!

Photo by Landis Wade



#MeToo Essay

I have a short, new essay up at Hippocampus — a wonderful online publication devoted to creative nonfiction. The essay is called “Good to the Girls,” and I wrote it in response to the #MeToo movement and an early professional experience of mine.

At UNC Charlotte

Yesterday, I attended the UNC Charlotte College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ annual faculty recognition reception – honoring faculty members, full- and part-time, who published books, received awards, or garnered outside funding in 2017. My novel, The Ada Decades, boosted the numbers of books published by members of the English Department to seven – the most of any department! Here I am, posing proudly.