New Charity Blues – Now Available

IMG_4317It’s been a whirlwind of weeks here at the Bulldogge Fortress. I was in Los Angeles for AWP 16 where I participated in one, wonderful creative nonfiction reading with Under the Gum Tree and moderated/read with a fantastic group of women for Women Writing SFF.

I returned with some souped-up variety of pestilence and before I could finish sniffling, it was time for the New Charity Blues Launch Party and then it was, all of a sudden, yesterday: Release Day!

So now you can get your readerly hands on an ebook, paperback, or the lush and gorgeously narrated audiobook version (seriously, it’s good). You can also read an excerpt here! Thank you to those of you who are celebrating with me. It’s been a wonderful journey from start to finish, and I can’t wait for you to meet Syd and Cas. xo

Returning from the Rainforest

Last weekend, I spent 4 days in next to the beautiful Lake Quinalt, at the Rainforest Village Writers Retreat. This was my 4th year in attendance, but every year is a unique experience. I wrote, after my very first year there, that I felt as if I’d finally found a space to be valid. Writers were at all levels of their careers and credentials didn’t particularly matter. Everyone was there to write.

This year, I was late, due to an unscheduled and unprovoked assault by my own body, which I fully intend to turn in for a new model as soon as one becomes available. It’s been a slow year so far, fighting strange illness, fevers, and exhaustion, and the social aspect of Rainforest was daunting. I’d spent my first two years mainlining Pinot Gris and basking in the euphoria of creative energy. This time, thanks to a ruptured ovarian cyst, I spent the majority of the time with my heating pad and my lap-helpd laptop, looking out over the lake from our cabin’s balcony.

The wonderful thing was, everyone understood. Everyone was gracious and kind and so immersed in their own work, my absence was noted but not an affront. I included the delay as an example during my Thursday talk “When Bad Things Happen to Good Writers,” which ran the gamut from what the world does to us as artists to what we do to ourselves. My wonderful roommate, Jill Seidenstein, has a blog called Slowbloom, reminding us, “No one yells at a flower to bloom faster.” My roommates, Jill along with G.G. Silverman and Malia Kawaguchi, brought me breakfast, conversation, and encouragement. I wrote 2500 words — not much, but still forward. I came home and wrote 4,000 more. Forward. I completed the outline and sent the sample to my agent. Forward.

My own lecture from Rainforest was something that came back to grace me. I’m so thankful for the writing community that I’ve surrounded myself with. I’m so thankful to call so many of these people true friends. I’m thankful they remind me to give myself a break, that this life is a marathon, not a sprint, that it’s okay to live in the here and now, making the decisions that make us happy, not the decisions that please everyone else. Lifelong lessons from lifelong relationships.


The Stabby Awards

Griep-LettersToZell-19807-CV-FT-V7As an unabashed Reddit lover (and lurker) I was delighted to discover Letters to Zell has been nominated as one of 2015’s Best Fantasy Novels (note, not Best Debut).

If you are a Redditor or know and love someone who is, take a look at this amazing list of literature and perhaps put in your vote using this link. If you loved Letters to Zell, feel free to give it an upvote, but there are a lot of great books on the list that are also deserving of love and champagne and unicorn sprinkles. I’m splendidly grateful to be in their company. Best of luck and to all a good Stab! xo

Onward to 2016

Friends, I’m delighted to share a collection of poems up today at Sick Lit Magazine. It’s a great new pub and I’m so excited to be a part of their first year, humbled they offered a home to this tiny collection of pieces.

In other news, Publisher’s Weekly included New Charity Blues in their list of anticipated Spring 2016 titles. It’s nailbiting season between now and April 13th, and I cannot wait for the book to land on shelves. Though it is different in many ways from Letters to Zell, I’m hoping the journey toward home and friendship is one that resonates with readers.

Happiest of New Years to you all and thanks, as always, for your support. xo

Year’s Best

I’m thrilled to share some recent news about Letters to Zell. The Editors over at Amazon chose it as one of the Best 100 Books of 2015! I’m delighted to be in the company of so many amazing authors and works. The Schlow Centre Region Library in State College, Pennsylvania also kindly nominated LTZ as their Book of the Day earlier in November. Last, but certainly not least, I wrote a little something for Writer’s Digest about how I found my superstar agent, Cameron McClure. More soon, and thanks, as always, for reading.

Sasquan Schedule

I’ll be at Worldcon in Spokane with a bunch of other fantastic folks. If you’re there, I’ll be out and about during a few events and hope to see you there!

Saturday 8/22 12:30 – 1:00 pm Steven Gould has graciously offered some of his reading time with the VP community including Sarah Goslee, Stephanie Charette, and myself. (Doubletree – Spokane Falls Suite A/B)

Saturday Saturday 8/22 3:30 – 5:30 pm Come meet the authors of 47North! Snacks, drinks, signings. And amazing authors.

Don’t hesitate to contact me on Twitter (@camillethegriep) to schedule time for a drink or coffee or to shoot the breeze. (The Cedar Room at the Grand Hotel)


USA Today: Happy Ever After

Today I’m thrilled to share a little piece I wrote for USA Today’s brilliant Happy Ever After blog. Letters to Zell features all sorts of lies — lies of omission, lies outright, lies to lovers, lies to oneself. I wanted to go a little deeper and explain how lying was once a part of my own life, for better or for worse. Being honest with myself was the most worthy change I’ve every made. Thanks for reading.

A Wonderful Whirlwind – Link Roundup

With Letters to Zell finally making its way through the world on its own, I’ve turned my attention back to New Charity Blues and its eponymous town. But I’ve also been doing a few extra things here and there talking about LTZ, the importance of writing, and, of course, myself.

Here’s a smattering:

I’m looking forward to bringing you more soon! xo