Delighted to announce that my first novel, The Age of Light, has sold to Little, Brown for publication in early 2019. It happened last week and I'm still adjusting to the idea that I'm going to be a published novelist. The entire process has been a whirlwind, led by my inimitable agent, Julie Barer at The Book Group, who shepherded me through many editor calls and handled all the shocked emails I sent her with trademark grace and aplomb. I'll be working with Judy Clain at Little, Brown and couldn't be happier about it. 

Here's the official announcement from Publishers Marketplace: 

University of Washington MFA graduate Whitney Scharer's THE AGE OF LIGHT, about Vogue model turned pioneering photographer Lee Miller and her complicated relationship with artist Man Ray, told in the interweaving timelines of bohemian 1930s Paris and war-torn Nazi Germany, to Judy Clain at Little, Brown, by Julie Barer at The Book Group (NA).

Hooray! More news coming soon... 

Take a class with me!

I'm excited to be teaching a seminar at GrubStreet in downtown Boston: Fact into Fiction: Writing Historical Narratives. The seminar is on Friday, September 29th (note new date!) from 10:30-1:30, and you can learn more or sign up by visiting GrubStreet's website. Join me! It's going to be a great class. 

Here's the description:

Historical novels based on real people or real events abound, but incorporating historical events and figures into a narrative can be complicated and confusing. Writers wonder: how much research do I have to do? How can I successfully write about a place and time that feels utterly different from my own life? What are the rules for fictionalizing the life of a real person? The truth is that there’s no one right way to write fiction about the past, but there are tools and guidelines you can use to be comfortable with your choices. In this seminar, we’ll take a look at some examples of successful literary historical fiction, discuss research techniques, and spend some time working on scenes from our own projects. You’ll leave the seminar able to articulate your own philosophy about what you’ve chose to research and what you’ve chosen to invent, and with some new tricks for making history come alive.


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