I have been collaborating with artist Holly Pobis and have written a series of micro fictions (and poems) to accompany her hand-colored photographs of South Carolina coastal scenes. The art is for sale at Etsy shop MarshAndLight.
I have a short-short in the new issue of Passages North called “Group Tour.” It 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.”
“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.”