Roxane Gay and Ron Carlson as guest faculty at the 2015 Black Forest Writing Seminar

I’m very excited to announce that the guest faculty for the Black Forest Writing Seminar in Freiburg, Germany next summer will be Roxane Gay and Ron Carlson. I am working as co-director of the program and am very excited about that as well. Registration opens in less than two weeks on September 15th, and the classes are sure to fill quickly. Please check out all of the faculty, including myself, and the new offerings listed. The University of Freiburg is nestled in the Black Forest along the borders of France and Switzerland. Gorgeous and full of inspiration at every turn.


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A quick update:

Things We Set On Fire was released last December and sold over 100,000 copies in the first six months. It has already garnered 1000+ reviews on amazon, and the ALS community has embraced the work for the storyline that touches on that cruel disease. For all of this I am extremely grateful. Thank you everyone who has taken the time to read the novel. I appreciate your support as well as the time so many of you have taken to write me with your thoughts. I enjoy hearing from you.

I have a brand new novel coming out next summer called Olivay, and will post details about it very soon. In the meantime I’m busy writing and teaching Novel Writing at UCLA’s Writing Extension Program and am also the co-director of the Black Forest Writing Seminar at the University of Freiburg in Germany. I’m very excited to announce that next summer’s guest faculty at the BFWS will be Ron Carlson and Roxane Gay.

More soon. Until then, be well and write well—



The Artist Formerly Known As Me

With the hope of trying to untangle something that continuously gets brought to my attention– I want to clarify that there is more than one author out there named Deborah Reed. I realize it doesn’t help that I’ve also written two thriller/suspense novels under the pen name, Audrey Braun–then again it may since no one else writes under that name…In any case, here is the sticky web of facts:

I wrote one novel with a title that begins with “Carry” and another that begins with “Things” and both under my real name Deborah Reed. I also wrote two suspense novels under the name Audrey Braun. That makes 4 novels. Nothing more. Just 4. You can stop there.

I did not write something called “Toxic Love” or various other novels with Glamour Shot and/or Honey take my picture while I fall on the floor/stand by the tree/now let me take yours while you hold the gun, etc. covers.

You may find that the other Deborah Reed has a novel title that is suspiciously similar to one of my Audrey Braun titles. Don’t be fooled. You may also read that the bio of the other Deborah Reed states that she is from Michigan. I was born in Michigan, too. Do not be fooled. And it doesn’t stop there– Deborah L Reed has joined the fray with a book, and what do you know—my middle name also starts with L. But wait, there’s more! Another Deborah Reed is an anthropologist, and guess what my undergrad major was? Oh yes. Yes, yes, yes.

So as to never cause confusion again, from this day forward I want to be called Deborah Reed-the-artist-formerly-known-as-Deborah-Reed.

I think we’re good now.

From BOOKLIST for Things We Set On Fire

In Reed’s engrossing examination of one family’s lifelong meltdown and possible resurrection, Vivien “Vivvie” Fenton’s story begins with a dark implication about the death of her husband 30 years ago in a hunting accident. Vivvie’s two adult daughters, Kate and Elin, have long since flown the coop in desperate efforts to find happiness. When Vivvie receives very unexpected word that Kate is in the hospital and that her own two young daughters need someone to come get them, the past and all its wounds threaten to smash everyone’s lives yet again. Elin’s somewhat orderly life on the other side of the country is wildly upset when Vivvie calls her and begs for her help with her two nieces as Kate lingers on the precipice between life and death. The entanglements of a family burdened with dark secrets, personal motives, and an eventual implosion that still rocks each of their lives to the core quickly surface in the face of this new tragedy, propelling the story and its irresistible characters. Suggest this one to fans of Elizabeth Strout. —Julie Trevelyan