My debut novel NARCISSUS NOBODY will be published in 2021 by Three Rooms Press. I have had several short stories published over the years, all of which I would describe as accessible literary realism that is compassionate if a bit irreverent. I do a lot of my writing in the vintage clothing shop I have owned and operated for the past 12 years. My other claim to fame is being the youngest daughter of the late celebrated author Richard Yates.
The voice of disgraced love guru Brooks Nixon seems to haunt Hope Townsend, showing up at inopportune moments to deliver unwelcome commentary on her hapless romances. Brooks―who once doled out cliched dating advice to millions―fell out of favor with his fanbase when a life-altering experience shifted his counsel to a free-wheeling, anti-monogamy platform. The about-face earned him the moniker "Narcissus Nixon" and made him slightly less annoying to Hope, a goth music devotee who prefers animals over people. Hope's dueling traits of misanthropy and compassion often hinder her progress in jobs as well as relationships. Little by little, she finds herself more influenced by the new Nixon than she'd care to admit. To shake off his hold on her thoughts and come to terms with her own destiny, she must uncover the truth behind Nixon's transformation and draw the line between his recommendations and her true desires.