My first novel, published in 1988 and long out of print, is returning May 28 as an e-book and Audible Book. Neena Gathering is a novel about the day after the end of the world, but told with "Thoreauvian attention to a person’s place and moral actions in the spheres of nature, society, intellect."
My novel Blood Clay, published in 2011, won the Eric Hoffer Prize in General Fiction, and was a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Prize. I also have a collection of short stories, Fidelities, and a poetry collection, Wake Wake Wake. My work has appeared in many journals including New Letters, Poetry, the North Carolina Literary Review, and the Kenyon Review, and in several anthologies. I have received an NEA creative writing fellowship as well as grants from North Carolina, West Virginia, and Kentucky, and prizes including two Elizabeth Simpson Smith awards in fiction and the Greg Grummer Prize in poetry. I graduated from West Virginia University and Queens University of Charlotte. A longtime newspaper reporter and editor, I now teach writing at North Carolina A&T State University and serve as poetry editor of Prime Number magazine. In my spare time I enjoy sailing, camping, walking.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Neena Gathering, a novel, Permuted Press and Audible.com
Blood Clay, a novel, Press 53
Wake Wake Wake, poetry collection, Press 53
Fidelities, short story collection, West Virginia University Press
Degrees of Elevation, Appalachian fiction anthology, Bottom Dog Press
After Shocks:The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events, Santa Lucia Press
Southern Appalachian Poetry: An Anthology of Works by 37 Poets, McFarland
Media outlets that I currently write for:
My writing is:
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Valerie Nieman v. 3.0, FictionWritersReview, LA Book Review, SC Review
Services I offer to other writers:
fiction and poetry workshops
lectures and discussions
Yes, you're right about most travel writing not paying well these days. When I started out as a travel writer, I owned the copyright on my books and was able to negotiate a good advance--no more! Most travel publishers only want work-for-hire, and will pay as little as possible since so many people are willing to write for free.
I really enjoyed the book, so much so, I'm thinking I'm going to do a review of it on my blog, or pitch a dual review of your book and Marjorie's about themes of the New South to a literary journal. Stay tuned for more about that...
Also, while I was away in another state reading your book, I almost got attacked by an unleashed dog. It was VERY scary--you captured this experience true to life in your book!!!
Thanks bunches for the friend invite! I'm honored! :) I've added Blood Clay to my list. I remember getting a tweet about it sometime ago and knew I would be adding it. Please let me know if you'll be in Richmond! I'd love to say hello! ~Tonya
Hello Valerie, Welcome to the Southern Writers Group. We're very pleased to have you join us. With the level of your work I know you will be a wonderful addition to the group and I look forward to your participation. Zetta Brown and I are the admins and we encourage people to jump into discussions. Role Call is a good place to start or say hello or the page. Best, Nicky
You may not know me or my work, but I am the national bestselling, award winning novelist of six critically acclaimed novels who has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.
On Jan 9th, 2010 my debut novel, SUGAR will celebrate its 10th anniversary and in order to commemorate this milestone I am campaigning to sell 10,000 copies between now and that date.
“Bernice L. McFadden's first novel begins with the brief, poetic description of a crime so startling that the reader is helplessly drawn in, as if a bright red door stood ajar on a bleak and forbidding house. Pearl Taylor's daughter, Jude, has been found murdered and mutilated near a field at the edge of town. "The murder had white man written all over it," writes McFadden. "But no one would say it above a whisper. It was 1940. It was Bigelow, Arkansas. It was a black child. Need any more be said?" In the years that follow, Pearl catches sight of Jude in so many strangers that when Sugar Lacey comes to town and sets up her unwholesome "business" in the house next door, she doesn't know whether to believe what she sees in Sugar's face: a striking similarity to Jude, dead 15 years. In her sedate but supple prose--rising at times to a light, unforced lyricism in the description of landscape or character--the author perfectly renders the closed and protective society of a small Southern town, the superstitions, gossip, and prying.”
I’m asking that you purchase a copy of SUGAR for yourself, a friend or family member. And yes, KINDLE purchases count.
If you could help spread the word by blogging, twittering ad Face-booking my campaign, it would mean the world to me.
Val, welcome to the Travel Writers group! Please feel free to use this group to promote your writing, ask questions, look for inspiration - anything you can think of! I've started a thread on travel writing competitions, if that's of interest. In the meantime, if you'd like a chuckle and my particular perspective on India (my most recent travel adventure), I'd be delighted if you popped by candygaucho.com.
"Alison - check out She Writes Query Critique v 2.0 group. I've gotten good feedback there in the past. Also, Agent Query Connect is a great source too (but be prepared to pay it forward there and offer others critiques in exchange for your own)."
"Meg, great news! Congratulations! Now, on to query letters... do any of you know of or have a "query critique" group? I'm on my fourth draft of this bad boy and have recently had it picked apart by a prominent agent…"