“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
"Study Abroad," winner of the 2016 flash prize, appears in the Fall issue of Washington Square Review. Here's how it begins: "Make your way out of New York. Through the drizzle, around corners with stores selling velvet, past fountains. Push your way to the Caravaggios at the back of the church."
“What was the secret to my success? I thought that I’d make up my story as I went along. Something to impress.” September 20 is the official publication date for That Night Alive, now available at Amazon and elsewhere.