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July 1, 2010

I'm blogging about writing at the Huffington Post. Check out my new blog at:

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Published on July 01, 2010 17:44 • 173 views

May 16, 2010

I had so much fun reading all the entries in the "Favorite Fictional Mother-Daughter" contest. Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to put their thoughts on paper. There are no "official" runners-up in this contest (since all winners on all participating blogs are getting copies of The Threadbare Heart – they should be going into the mail this week), but I thought I'd run down four of my favorite entries before I get to the Grand Prize Winner:

From the Mother-Daughter Book Club (www.mo...
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Published on May 16, 2010 10:49 • 77 views

May 5, 2010


It's publication day for The Threadbare Heart (woo hoo!) and I'm giving away 5 signed copies of the novel to randomly selected twitter followers.

[image error] All you have to do to enter is follow me at @jennienash and tweet (or re-tweet) the following: "Enter to win signed copy of The Threadbare Heart. Follow @jennienash and RT."

Later tonight, I'll use the random number generator at random.org to pick the winners.

If you don't win -- or even if you DO -- there are other ways to win books! Enter the fantas...
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Published on May 05, 2010 18:29 • 66 views

May 2, 2010

I sat in the living room of a young woman in Houston this afternoon, in front of stacks of my brand new novel, The Threadbare Heart. The book doesn't officially come out until next Wednesday, but my publicist arranged to have books for this event (thank you Erin!) so there we were with the books. It was such a thrill to send those books out into the world in the hands of eager readers. Being a writer is a wonderful thing -- but the loop is not complete until a reader engages with the story. T...
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Published on May 02, 2010 20:47 • 83 views

April 22, 2010


LILY

Love was the one thing Lily always thought she did better than her mother. She believed that she knew exactly what love took, what it cost, and what it meant, and she thought of her long marriage to Tom as proof of it. But in the short period of time between Christmas and the start of fire season, everything she understood about love unraveled, the way jeans do at the hem, the way tweed does so that it reveals the intricate relationship of the warp and the weft, and she...

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Published on April 22, 2010 15:35 • 79 views

April 16, 2010

Dear Readers and Quilters,

I'm thrilled to announce the start of the "Fiction Comes to Life" contest, sponsored by Keepsake Quilting. The Threadbare Heart is novel is about, among other things, the way that fabric can speak so powerfully about our lives – about the things we love, the things we lose, and the things we may regret never doing. The main character, Lily Gilbert, loses a lifetime of fabric in a Santa Barbara wildfire. When she ventures into a fabric store for the first time after t...
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Published on April 16, 2010 10:55 • 68 views

March 18, 2010

I don't go out very much. I have two teenage daughters and I tend to want to be where they are -- even if where they are is on their way home, or on their way out, or alone behind their bedroom doors. But tonight, I just learned (on twitter) that Tim O'Brian is speaking at the Los Angeles Public Library in honor of the 20th anniversary of The Things They Carried -- and I am not there. I'm bereft. I adore that book. It's one of the best books I've ever read on writing. It is one of my favorite...
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Published on March 18, 2010 19:48 • 84 views

February 17, 2010

My mom sent me this piece from the New York Times about Helene Hegemann, a 17-year-old German novelist who lifted portions of someone else's work, and defended the practice by saying that young people mix -- or mash together -- music, so why not words, too?

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/12/world/europe/12germany.html?emc=eta1

I was, at first, horrified. But after reading the piece, a tiny part of me felt that maybe this girl had a point -- not a point about it being okay to lift someone else's...
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Published on February 17, 2010 08:06 • 69 views

February 2, 2010

It's amazing how much work there is to do for a book launch! The Threadbare Heart comes out in May, and I have been swamped. So swamped, in fact, that I haven't been writing here regularly. And so swamped that I called my agent and asked her if what I was doing was crazy. Wouldn't it better to spend my time writing the NEXT novel, or writing the migraine book that has taken over my brain? Was it really WORTH it to do all these promotions and contests and appearances? My agent reminded me that...
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Published on February 02, 2010 09:16 • 70 views

January 19, 2010

I just finished reading the Readers' Guide questions that someone else wrote for my forthcoming novel. This someone was someone hired by my publisher for this task. I don't know her (it had to be a her), don't know anything about her, and read the questions she wrote about my book with my mouth agape -- not because they were good or bad, wrong or right, but simply because this is the first regular reader in the universe to have read my book. My agent doesn't count as regular in this context, ...
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Published on January 19, 2010 22:41 • 80 views