What is your latest release and what genre is it? Women’s/literary fiction: Dolls Behaving Badly, 2013
Quick description: Carla Richards is many things: an Alaska waitress who secretly makes erotic dolls for extra income; a divorcee who can’t quite detach from her ex-husband; and a single mom trying to support her gifted eight-year-old son, her pregnant sister and her babysitter-turned-resident-teenager.
She’s one overdue bill away from completely losing control–when inspiration strikes in the form of a TV personality. Now she’s scribbling away in a diary, flirting with an anthropologist, and baking up desserts with the ghost of her Polish grandmother.
Yet, getting her life and dreams back on track is difficult. Is perfection really within reach? Or will she wind up with something even better?
Cinthia Ritchie writes and runs mountains in Anchorage, Alaska. She’s a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Best American Essays notable mention, recipient of a Connie Boochever Fellowship and two-time awardee of a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship, winner of the Sports Literate and Memoir essay awards and semi-finalist in the Rose Metal Press Poetry Chapbook Award.
Find her work at Best American Sports Writing, Sport Literate, Mary: A Journal of New Writing, Evening Street Review, Water-stone Review; New York Times Magazine, Boiler Journal, Writers Digest, Cactus Heart Press, Damfino Press, 101 Word Story and over 50 literary magazines and small presses.
Her first novel Dolls Behaving Badly was released from Hachette Books/Grand Central Publishing.
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What are you working on now?
Oh, man, too many things. I finished up my second book, Waiting For My Daughter’s Ghost, which is presently in New York; have no idea when it will be released. I’m also working on a YA novel, a horror novel set in a small Alaskan community and a memoir about my sister, who died of an eating disorder. Plus I have two poetry chapbooks I’m sending around and I’m planning to collaborate with a photographer on a book about Alaska and its people.
I’m a bit scattered and hyper-active, lol.
Cinthia’s reading recommendation:
Oh, it has to be Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton. Such a simple book yet so complex in language and thought. I didn’t know at the time of reading but it won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award.