Thanks to Alison Hammer, author of Little Pieces of Me, for sponsoring two episodes.
Founder of Every Damn Day Writers, Alison Hammer has been spinning words to tell stories since she learned how to talk. A graduate of the University of Florida and the Creative Circus in Atlanta, she lived in 9 cities before settling down in Chicago. During the day, Alison is a VP Creative Director at FCB Chicago, but on nights and weekends you can find her writing upmarket women's fiction.
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When Paige Meyer gets an email from a DNA testing website announcing that her father is a man she never met, she is convinced there must be a mistake. But as she digs deeper into her mother’s past and her own feelings of being the odd child out growing up, Paige begins to question everything she thought she knew. Could this be why Paige never felt like she fit in her family, and why her mother always seemed to keep her at an arm’s length? And what does it mean for Paige’s memories of her father, a man she idolized and whose death she is still grieving? Told in dual timelines, Little Pieces of Me examines identity and how the way we define ourselves changes (or not) through our life experiences.Visit Website
Judithe grew up in Virginia and earned a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. After studying at the Institute of European Studies and the Institut Catholique in Paris, France, and interning at the U.S. Department of State, she earned a JD from UVA School of Law. She lives in Houston, TX where she is working on her 3rd novel.
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Antoinette and Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel know they’re destined for something better. Abandoned by family, they’ve grown up under the guidance of nuns. The walls of the convent can’t shield them forever, and when they’re of age, the Chanel sisters set out with the determination to prove themselves to a society that has never accepted them. Their journey propels them out of poverty and to the cafés of Moulins, the performance halls of Vichy—and to a hat shop on the rue Cambon in Paris, where a business takes hold and expands to the glamorous French resort towns. But when World War I breaks out, the sisters must gather the courage to fashion their own places in the world.Visit Website
Thanks to Danielle Martin, author of Glimmer as You Can, for sponsoring an episode.
Her bio: After graduating from NYU with a B.F.A. in Film, Television, and English literature, Danielle started her professional career as an assistant at the William Morris Agency, before pursuing her Master’s degree in teaching. Currently, she teaches a global population of students online, in addition to homeschooling her child. Glimmer As You Can is her first novel.
Her book: In Brooklyn Heights sits the Starlite: boutique dress shop by day, underground women’s club by night. Started by the shop’s proprietor after her marriage to a prominent councilman crumbled, Madeline’s social club soon becomes a safe haven for women from all walks of life looking for a respite from their troubled relationships. These soirées bring 2 very different women into Madeline’s life—Elaine, a British ex-pat struggling with an unpredictable fiancé, and Lisa, a young stewardess whose plans for the future are suddenly upended—irrevocably changing all 3 women’s lives. Glimmer As You Can captures the heartbeat of an era and the ambitions of a generation of women living in a man’s world—a world threatened by a wave of change.Visit Website
Thanks to Caitlin Hamilton Summie, author of To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts, for sponsoring an episode.
Her bio: Caitlin earned an MFA with Distinction from Colorado State University, and her short stories have been published numerous places. Her first book, a short story collection called To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts, was released in August 2017. Her first novel, Geographies of the Heart, is due out in January 2022. She spent any years in Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Colorado before settling with her family in Knoxville, Tennessee. She co-owns the book marketing firm, Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity, founded in 2003.
Her short story collection: In these ten short stories, Summie takes readers from World War II Kansas City to a poor, drug-ridden neighborhood in New York, and from the quiet of rural Minnesota to its pulsing Twin Cities, each time navigating the geographical boundaries that shape our lives as well as the geography of hearts, loss, and family bonds. Deeply moving and memorable, To Lay To Rest Our Ghosts examines the importance of family, the defining nature of place, and the hope of reconciliation.Visit Website
Thanks to Densie Webb, author of When Robins Appear, for sponsoring an episode.
Densie has spent a career as a nonfiction writer and editor, specializing in health and nutrition, and has published books and articles on the topic over the years. She grew up in Louisiana, spent 13 years in New York, and settled in Austin, TX. She is an avid walker, drinks too much coffee, and has a small “devil dog” that keeps her on her toes.
With a lucrative freelance career and a loving family, Deborah Earle has a life many women would envy. But her daughter, Amanda, is heading to college soon, and Deborah worries about having an empty nest. Amanda is excited about attending NYU next year, but she meets Graham, a handsome older boy, falls hard, and considers postponing her education to stay close to him. As Deborah watches her daughter rush headlong toward heartache on an all-too-familiar path, the secrets lurking in Deborah’s past continue to echo in her present. When tragedy strikes, Deborah faces a future she could never have imagined and she asks herself, if she wonders if given the choice, would she do it all again?Visit Website