My First Paperback Bestseller!

In the midst of so many challenges, so many large considerations before us as a nation, I have a reason to celebrate, albeit a selfish one. The paperback edition of This Tender Land, which was released on May 26, debuted on Publishers Weekly’s bestseller list at #3, on the New York Times list at #7, and on the L.A. Times list at … Read more

Failure: The Upside

So let’s talk failure. Here’s a photo I posted to both my website blog and my Facebook page last December. I’d just finished the first draft of the novel I’d planned to be the follow-up to Ordinary Grace. It had taken me nearly two years to complete that draft. I thought it wasn’t bad, but … Read more

One Million Books

There are mileposts in every writer’s career, I suppose.  Getting an agent.  Getting a publisher.  Getting that first book into stores and into readers’ hands.  I could go on and on, because a writer’s career is simply a journey, and although every journey doesn’t have an identifiable destination, it seems to me they all must … Read more