Courtney McDermott

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I’m Featured in The Next Best Book Blog!

Lori Hettler, editor of The Next Best Book Blog, invited me to contribute to her wonderful blog that captures the interests, vices, and habits of writers. I appeared in today’s column: Where Writers Write, so check out the blog to see photos of my office and read an essay about my writing space/s.

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Debut Collection of Short Stories–September 2013!

My first book will be published early this fall. I don’t think I will get tired of passing along this news.

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The collection of short stories, entitled How They Spend Their Sundays, is a mix of traditional length and flash fiction pieces, all set in the countries of Lesotho and South Africa. When I returned from serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the country of Lesotho, I couldn’t get the place out of my brain. Whenever anyone asked me, “How was Africa?” in that friendly, not-so-curious, naive way, I couldn’t quite answer. And so I wrote my answers instead, and after a few years of writing, revising, workshopping, and publishing two of the pieces, the collection is complete and on its way to publication.

For someone who told stories as a kid into tape recorders, and drew picture books, and sent my first piece of writing to a publisher when I was just 11 (a rewrite of The Three Little Pigs set in… Africa!… and I sent it to Scholastic in an envelope, thinking that this is how one got published), I am delighted to see my life-long dream of publishing a book finally come true.