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Molly McCaffrey

October 12, 2014 • More good news! 

I got some good news today... I found out that my piece on the friendship between Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper in the recently published Hemingway issue of 2nd & Church is being nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I've been nominated for a Pushcart two times before, so here's hoping the third time's the charm!

 

September 2014 • BIG NEWS! 

I just learned that my memoir, YOU BELONG TO US, has been accepted for publication by Main Street Rag Publishing in Charlotte, North Carolina. More info to come soon!

 

October 14, 2013 • My thoughts on commercial vs. literary

A little bird told me that last week that another writer (who I will not name) said, "My work is not commercial. It is literary. It will endure."

But from my way of thinking writing has to be literary AND commercial to endure.

 

September 9, 2013 • Hemingway piece

Second & Church Hemingway cover

Here's the cover of the upcoming 2ND & CHURCH Hemingway issue, which includes my piece on visiting Papa's house in Key West called "To Have and Have Not: Truth and Fiction in Hemingway's Key West Home." Can't wait for this issue to come out!

In the meantime, check out the preview on their website: The Hemingway Issue.

 

August 25, 2013 • New young adult novel

Now that my memoir is finished, it's time to start something new.

I've decided my next project will be a young adult (or more likely what is now being called "new adult") novel, and I'm happy to report I began work on it today. I'm calling the book Dear Indiana: Letters to My Future Child by Chance Best, Age Fifteen, and it's going to tell the story of Chance Best, a precocious fifteen-year-old who struggles to fit in at her rural high school after her parents move from Takoma Park, Maryland to Lake Kentucky. 

Dear Indiana is inspired by my experience moving from New Jersey to Indiana when I was in high school, and I have had several of my YA favorites in mind as I write: Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower,  E. Lockhart's The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and John Greene's Looking for Alaska. If you haven't read these books, I highly recommend that you check them out. 

I'll report back on my progress soon, but right now I'm absolutely thrilled to be starting something new.