Martha Conway

About me

I’m the author of novels Sugarland, Thieving Forest, and 12 Bliss Street, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. My short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Mississippi Review, Folio, Carolina Quarterly, and other publications. I graduated from Vassar College and received my master’s degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Currently, I am an instructor of Creative Writing at Stanford University’s Online Writers Studio and UC Berkeley Extension.

From my website

What? I thought I was done!

IT’S BEEN SIX MONTHS or more since I looked at my last novel, the one that was “done.” That novel is gearing up to go into production now, and I have a few notes from my editors, stuff to change. As I read through the manuscript for places to cut…

Sugarland – Jazz, Speakeasies, and Mayhem

Sugarland, my latest novel, was named for the corn sugar that bootleggers used to make hooch. One of the fun things about writing about the 1920s is all the great slang I could use, like hooch. My daughter has recently expressed a wish that saying “the bees’ knees” would come…

Sugarland Q & A

Recently I answered a few questions for Gef Fox’s Den for Dark Fiction about the impetus for writing my latest novel, Sugarland; writers who inspire me; and my least favorite writing advice. I thought I’d post an excerpt here. What was the spark that made you sit down to write…

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