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

Black Forest Writing Seminar Deadline Approaching

April 1st is the deadline to apply for this two week writing seminar in Germany this summer where I have the honor of teaching with a stellar faculty from around the world.
If you are a student you can receive college credit, too. It’s the only English creative writing program in Germany, and it’s right on the border of France and Switzerland.
Would you like to write and study literature at one of Europe’s oldest universities?
How about doing all this in a lively, picturesque German town in the enchanted Black Forest?
Come to Freiburg this summer to be inspired — learn poetry, fiction and nonfiction in a provocative, intimate setting with some of the finest writers writing in English.
Attend the Black Forest Writing Seminars July 23 – August 6, 2013.

This is tonight!

My second to last event as a Portland author [sad face]. All you folks out in Hillsboro and thereabouts come on out to the Bards & Brews event this evening. Readings, author chats, and a full wine and food menu at Primrose and Tumbleweeds.

7:00 -9:00 pm tonight
Primrose & Tumbleweeds
248 E Main St
In historic old town Hillsboro