“We are in the hands of a gifted writer and a gifted teacher,” said Diane Les Becquets, director of SNHU’s MFA program, where Mitchard was awarded the program’s first faculty fellowship.
(PRWEB) September 30, 2011
Jacquelyn Mitchard, a faculty member in Southern New Hampshire University’s MFA program in Fiction and Nonfiction, and a best-selling novelist, writes what some are referring to as her most effective novel yet. “Jacquelyn Mitchard is back with a fascinating story that only she can tell. The characters are the sort that stay with you long after the last page is turned,” said Kathryn Stockett, author of “The Help.”
“Second Nature” was released by Random House in September and is receiving rave reviews, including a starred review from Booklist: “Make no immediate plans. This book will take over your life.”
In a recent interview with Psychology Today, Mitchard said, “This was the book I was meant to write since I was a tiny kid, and a fire at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church on the west side of Chicago, where I grew up, killed 92 children and three teaching nuns. No one in Chicago was untouched by that fire. It blew that neighborhood up. People didn’t move to the suburbs. They moved to Florida, to Canada. I combined that wit the novelist’s eternal question – to find out what happens after the headlines, after the door is closed, and the people go back to lives forever changed.”
“We are in the hands of a gifted writer and a gifted teacher,” said Diane Les Becquets, director of SNHU’s MFA program, where Mitchard was awarded the program’s first faculty fellowship. Mitchard is teaching in the program while earning her MFA degree from SNHU. Les Becquets said when Mitchard read from her novel prior to its release, “the power of her word and of her story was nothing short of riveting and altering.”
As “Second Nature’s” epigraph from Shakespeare says, “God gives us one face, and we make ourselves another.” Mitchard explained. “I think that’s true not just of our exterior selves, but of our interior selves.”
Mitchard is currently working on her MFA thesis, a two-book series of dystopian teen mysteries. “And when I say dystopian, these books are out there, the most daring thing I’ve ever written,” said Mitchard. “After writing 20 books, I never imagined there was much I could learn about pace and plotting. Then I met Mitchell Wieland, my mentor in SNHU’s program, and everything changed. I am learning more than I ever learned from any editor. I thought I would learn only to teach. I’m learning to write.”
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