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Who I am:
Michelle Hoover teaches writing at Boston University and Grub Street. She was a finalist for the Dorothy Churchill Cappon Essay Prize and has published short stories and novel excerpts in numerous journals, including Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, Confrontation, and StoryQuarterly. She has been the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell Fellow, and the 2005 winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award for Fiction. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and published in Best New American Voices. Her debut novel, The Quickening, was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction's Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, was a Finalist for the Indies Choice Debut of 2010 and Forward Magazine's Best Literary Book of 2010, and is a 2010 Massachusetts Book Award "Must Read" pick.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
http://www.michelle-hoover.com
@michellehoover_
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
The Quickening, a novel
Best New American Voices 2004
My writing is:
Fiction
Services I offer to other writers:
Manuscript consultant
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
yes
My professional associations:
Boston University
Grub Street
Emerson College
I found out about She Writes from:
a friend

Michelle Hoover's Blog

Women Creating Success: Michelle Hoover

Posted on May 27, 2011 at 8:00am 0 Comments

(Note: This post originally appeared in Sharon Bially's Women Creating Success series.  Check out her book Veronica's Nap and her website http://veronicas-nap.com for more writers in this series.) 
When I heard last month that Michelle Hover, author of The Quickening, had arranged to take a year-long, unpaid leave from her job teaching writing at Boston University to write her next book, my already sky-high admiration for her soared.  Unlike many, Michelle supports…
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The Quickening: Book Group Q&A

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 5:33am 0 Comments

Some great questions came my way from a recent book club meeting, so I thought I'd share them with everybody.  Enjoy!

 

 1.     Where did you get the idea for the two main characters?  What research did you do for the book?

The book is loosely based on a journal my great-grandmother wrote in the last year of her life.  It is very short, only about fifteen pages.  Enidina is based on a combination of my great-grandmother (at least in events) and my…

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Bottomland: The Rules for Starting Over

Posted on May 15, 2011 at 3:15pm 5 Comments

I must say I was pleased as punch with all the yahoos over my last post about taking an unpaid year off from my job to write.   And I’m late posting this particular update because I’ve started doing exactly that—writing.  I haven’t felt this content in years.  But truthfully, the most scary part of the whole business has nothing to do with short-term poverty.  The scariest is how I’ll manage my time.  I admit I’m still reeling from the month of April.  At the end of the last weekend—after…

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Bottomland: Telling the Boss “I Need a Year”

Posted on April 1, 2011 at 10:30am 0 Comments

So I finally did it.  I told my boss I needed a year off from my teaching job at Boston University in order to turn in a solid draft of my next novel to my agent.  Goal:  last day of August 2012 (when I turn forty).  I am thrilled and terrified.  No salary, no health insurance, loads of time.  I’m starting this new series to mark my progress, primarily for myself, possibly for the one or two of you out there who might be interested.  Bottomland is the working title for the book,…

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Plotting the Novel: Part IV: Consequence

Posted on February 23, 2011 at 10:00am 0 Comments

The last of my four part series on plotting, fresh from notes from my “Plotting the Novel” seminar at Boston’s Grub Street.  Grub Street is truly leading the way in teaching the novel, and you can find out more about their courses and other offerings at www.grubstreet.org.  The course has four parts:  Yearning, The Launch, Conflict, and Consequences.

Note:  Each section includes an in-class exercise under the “how,” though I often alter these…

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Plotting the Novel: Part III: Conflict

Posted on February 14, 2011 at 5:31pm 1 Comment

The third installment of notes from my "Plotting the Novel" seminar at Boston's Grub Street (find out more about their courses and other offerings at www.grubstreet.org).  The course has four parts:  Yearning, The Launch, Conflict, and…

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Plotting the Novel, Part II: The Launch

Posted on February 7, 2011 at 9:44am 1 Comment

This is the second installment of notes from my "Plotting the Novel" seminar at Boston's Grub Street. Grub Street is truly leading the way in teaching the novel, and you can find out more about their courses and other offerings at www.grubstreet.org.  The course has four parts:  Yearning, The Launch, Conflict, and Consequences. I will be posting each part separately over the next few weeks. Take a gander at last week's "Part I: Yearning" if you missed…

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Plotting the Novel, Part I: Yearning

Posted on January 31, 2011 at 2:40pm 3 Comments

Hi Folks.  Here are some notes from my “Plotting the Novel” seminar at Boston’s Grub Street.  Grub Street is truly leading the way in teaching the novel, and you can find out more about their courses and other offerings at www.grubstreet.org.  The course has four parts:  Yearning, The Launch, Conflict, and Consequences.  I will be posting each part separately over the next few weeks.

 

Note:  Each section includes an in-class exercise…

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Why I Love Reading Groups

Posted on January 5, 2011 at 10:30am 0 Comments

This article originally appeared in the January…

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Top Ten Novels by Women

Posted on December 17, 2010 at 11:14am 12 Comments

My last list of the year (I promise).  I’ve had plenty of book groups asking me for recommendations, so here they are.  In truth, with all the skirmishes lately over the New York Times and how many books by women are reviewed, sold, or placed on the most important book shelves, I gave myself a task:  Make a list of your own favorite books by women and then take a gander at their commonalities, strengths, courage, etc.  As a novelist, I chose novels.  And as I made my list, I was certainly…

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My novel, The Quickening, came out last summer from Other Press/Random House

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At 1:56pm on July 29, 2011, Janet Tracy Landman said…

Michelle,

You won't believe how I found you here, Michelle. I was just idly browsing photos and thought I saw you. And it IS you! I've been on She Writes for maybe a month, but this is the first comment I've sent. I'm still figuring out how this thing works.

Congratulations on The Quickening! I'd love to hear how life has changed for you since its publication. Maybe a quick iced coffee at ER sometime before it's mobbed with students again?

 

My 2nd nonfiction book is coming out in the spring. Right now its title is Pursued by Conscience: Former Fugitive Katherine Ann Power.  You might have heard me talking about it in the Writing Ctr. (Based mostly on interviews I did with her when she was in prison in MCI-Framingham.) Monday I send the whole ms to my editor at Rowman & Littlefield. I think it's in pretty good shape, but I'd like to give it a bit more of a narrative feel--something I have absolutely no talent for. 

Anyway, it's great seeing a familiar face on this site! Write back if you have a chance.

Janet

 

 

At 5:06am on June 9, 2011, Kathy Leonard Czepiel said…

Michelle,

Scroll down on this link: http://us.mg201.mail.yahoo.com/dc/launch?.partner=sbc&.gx=1&.rand=0m14l0ghv7l6i

Isn't that your cover, farther back??

By the way, our New Haven reading series has shut down. Two of the organizers are moving away this summer. Very sad news for us... Hope you're doing well.

Kathy Czepiel

At 9:46pm on June 2, 2011, Sandra Marchetti said…
Thanks for "friending" me!  Can't wait to read what's next from you.
At 2:43pm on February 7, 2011, Samantha Sotto Yambao said…
Thanks for adding me as a friend! :)
At 11:38am on February 7, 2011, Ann Rodela said…
Thanks for friending me and for sending me the important update!
Happy writing!!! :)
At 6:48am on December 22, 2010, Anne Mackin said…

Hi Michelle,

Nice to find you on She Writes.  I'm going to find Gardens of Kyoto from your Top Ten list ASAP.  Meanwhile, my copy of The Quickening is across the street with a friend (and writer) who's a very sensitive reader.

Wishing you all good things and more success in the New Year,

Anne

At 4:53am on October 20, 2010, Editors Picks said…
Hey Michelle,
We've featured your post on Editor's Picks this week!
Check it out here.
Keep writing!
-Kate
Managing Editor, She Writes Blog
Community Manager, She Writes
At 5:11am on September 15, 2010, Editors Picks said…
Hey Michelle,
Your post is featured in Editor's Picks!
Check it out here.
Keep writing,
-Kate
Managing Editor, She Writes Blog
Community Manager, She Writes
At 7:06am on August 4, 2010, Editors Picks said…
Hey Michelle,
We've featured you on Editor's Picks this week.
Check it out here!
Keep up the great work,
-Kate
Managing Editor, She Writes Blog
At 11:58am on June 28, 2010, E.C. Diskin said…
Happy to connect with a fellow IL writer and congrats on this publication! I may reach out in months to come for advice as I near completion of my first novel. Cheers!

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"Michelle, Scroll down on this link: http://us.mg201.mail.yahoo.com/dc/launch?.partner=sbc&.gx=1&.rand=0m14l0ghv7l6i Isn't that your cover, farther back?? By the way, our New Haven reading series has shut down. Two of the organizers are…"
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Women Creating Success: Michelle Hoover

(Note: This post originally appeared in Sharon Bially's Women Creating Success series.  Check out her book Veronica's Nap and her website http://veronicas-nap.com for more writers in this series.) When I heard last month that Michelle Hover, author of The Quickening, had arranged to take a year-long, unpaid leave from her job teaching writing at Boston University to write her next book, my already sky-high admiration for her soared.  Unlike many, Michelle supports herself entirely, with no…See More
May 27, 2011
Michelle Hoover posted a blog post

The Quickening: Book Group Q&A

Some great questions came my way from a recent book club meeting, so I thought I'd share them with everybody.  Enjoy!  1.     Where did you get the idea for the two main characters?  What research did you do for the book?The book is loosely based on a journal my great-grandmother wrote in the last year of her life.  It is very short, only about fifteen pages.  Enidina is based on a combination of my great-grandmother (at least in events) and my grandmother (in physicality and—I was later told…See More
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Nancy E. Devine commented on the blog post 'Bottomland: The Rules for Starting Over'
"Michelle, I can't fully express my jealousy reading your list.  With a teenager graduating from high school in June, a husband changing law firms so we need to U-Haul stuff away, and our entire family moving from one house to another…"
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"Thanks everyone!  Good luck with your work.  Every hour you dedicate is something more than other people are doing!"
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Kathy Ponce commented on the blog post 'Bottomland: The Rules for Starting Over'
"I wish I were as brave as you.  I'm trying to work on something but I'm a little bit scared to take the plunge. :P"
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Valerie Hegwood commented on the blog post 'Bottomland: The Rules for Starting Over'
"Great post!  And oh how those emergenices pop up, the distractions.  I turn off my phones and the voice mails pile up. I have been at home for several years trying to write, but I also homeschool my two young children.  It never…"
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Phoebe Wilcox commented on the blog post 'Bottomland: The Rules for Starting Over'
"I only had time to skim this, Michelle cuz I have to make dinner right now and it's getting kind of late, but I saw your book on some list of books recommended by indie booksellers and it looks like things are going well. I can only…"
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