I have a “short-short” in the new issue of Passages North. It’s called “Group Tour” and was inspired by some complaints my mother-in-law made about traveling. “Other people had leg cramps while walking through the ruins. Or they talked on the phone late at night, telling everyone that everything was beautiful, if you had to share a room with them.” The piece isn’t online, but you can read it in a minute if you steal a peek at Barnes & Noble.
“Metalsmithing sounds serious, ancient, mysterious. It sounds dangerous. Maybe I’m mistaking it for alchemy.” My essay about metalsmithing (but really about how to live) is the winner of the 2017 American Literary Review award for nonfiction (it will appear in the Spring issue).
"In a novella, nothing is a distraction. There is no filler." One of my thoughts about the genre in "The Novella: Stepping Stone to Success or Waste of Time?" by Jack Smith, online at The Writer magazine.
There’s a new insightful, thoughtful review of THAT NIGHT ALIVE over at Heavy Feather Review: “Even in choosing to tell this story in reverse, Deal achieves a character whose identity unfolds from beginning to end. We move from a restricted, quiet narrator to one with voice, opinion, and life. Deal achieves all the elements of surprise and intrigue that a conventional novel does and more, asking her reader to probe the text, to sift for clues and connections that illuminate the story.”
Join me for a reading and book signing of That Night Alive on Tuesday, October 25 (6:30 to 8pm), at the Sideshow Gallery, 319 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. There will be wine and snacks and mingling and art. The current exhibit is “Persons of Interest,” showcasing portraits of women by Carri Skoczek, represented by Causey Contemporary. RSVP by October 23 to email@example.com