My novel,  ASHES OF FIERY WEATHER, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in August 2016.

The Ashes of Fiery Weather will be published in August 2016. It is about the women of a Brooklyn, New York family of firefighters whose stories interconnect across generations, from the last night of the City of Brooklyn, New Year’s Eve, 1898, to ten years after September 11th.

5 thoughts on “welcome”

  1. Love your About page. Looking forward to reading more. Best to you~

  2. I was born in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest of five kids. We lived on Crown Street btwn. Rogers & Nostrand. Not far from Medgar Evers.

    I was not named after my mother. I was named Deirdre. Which, the pronunciation, to many, is still a mystery. When I was confirmed I chose my mother’s confirmation name, Margaret. Because I wanted something ‘normal.’

    Two of my brothers are red-headed with blue eyes. One brother and one sister are brunettes with hazel eyes. My husband has blue eyes & so do our two kids. We live in Massachusetts, but want to live in Texas!

    I just loved your bio. & found the similarities & differences funny, so I couldn’t resist adding mine!

    • Thanks for reading and thanks for sharing! I’ve always loved the name Deirdre and I used it in my novel. It’s really funny that you grew up on Crown Street–my father grew up in a brownstone on Rogers Avenue, though in the 50’s & 60’s. Small world, I guess.

  3. I, too, am Irish. My grandparents came from County Cork. I’ve never heard anyone metion St. Dymphna – she’s one of my favorite saints. I had a little mass card with her picture on it, but I gave it to my sister. She’s suffering from anxiety attacks, so I figured she needs it more than I.

    I really like your writing!

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