Saturday, December 29, 2012

Find Dennis LeHane's Dog

I haven't written a blog in quite a while but I have been busy over the holidays. First, some news about me. (I'm sure you're all holding your breath in anticipation) I have signed on with a literary agent. She is Jeanie Loiacono of the Sullivan-Maxx agency and she has agreed to take me on for a year. She intends to push my novel Prodigious Savant to publishers. Also, I have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for short fiction. This goes to show you the power of negative thinking, which will probably be my next blog. Anyway, preparing with an agent does take some time as you both must edit the manuscript and set up your page on their website.

Now back to Dennis LeHane's missing dog. I have the pleasure of attending the Eckerd College Writers in Paradise workshop every year for the last three years. Dennis LeHane and Sterling Watson sponsor the workshops each year and bring the big names in books to be instructors for 8-10 students for eight days of workshops where your work is critiqued by them and the students in your group. So far I have had Laura Lippman, Stewart O'Nan and John Dufresne for instructors and this year it will be Tom Franklin. Other notables that have taught are Andre DuBus, Dennis LeHane, Stephen King, and Ann Hood.
Dennis is a hell of a guy and loyal to a fault to his peers and students. That's why all who know him feel the pain he is feeling since he lost his beloved beagle, Tessa, when she jumped ship at their Brookline house in Boston a few days ago. If you find the dog, Dennis will let you name a character in his new novel. So if you live in Boston be on the look out or if you know someone in Boston, call them.
So help Dennis and name your character. I could see his new book with the protagonist team of Angela Gennaro and JJ White. Cool