Tucson Festival of Books

First Draft

Join authors Sarah Tomlinson, Jennifer Croft, Ashley Elston and Stacie Denetsosie as they discuss the conception and process of creating their first books. From the spark of an idea to the final product, find out what it means to be a writer.

Jennifer Croft

Jennifer Croft won a Guggenheim Fellowship and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing for her memoir "Homesick" and the International Booker Prize for her translation of Nobel Laureate Olga Tokarczuk’s "Flights"....

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Stacie Denetsosie

Stacie Shannon Denetsosie is a citizen of the Navajo Nation; her clans are Todích'íí'nii (Bitterwater Clan), born for Naakaii (Mexican Clan). She is from Kayenta, Ariz. but currently resides in Northern Utah....

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Ashley Elston

Ashley Elston worked for many years as a wedding photographer before turning her hand to writing. She lives in Louisiana with her husband and three sons. Elston has written six young adult novels; "First Lie Wins" is her adult debut....

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Sarah Tomlinson

Sarah Tomlinson, a former music journalist, has been a ghostwriter since 2008, penning more than 20 books, including five New York Times best-sellers. In 2015, she published the father-daughter memoir, "Good Girl....

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The Extinction of Irena Rey
Jennifer Croft
Fiction / Literature
Bloomsbury USA
March 2024
ISBN 9781639731701
288 pages
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The Missing Morningstar
And Other Stories
Stacie Denetsosie
Southwest Books of the Year
Torrey House Press
September 2023
ISBN 9781948814850
144 pages
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First Lie Wins
A Novel
Ashley Elston
Mystery / Thrillers
January 2024
ISBN 9780593492918
352 pages
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The Last Days of the Midnight Ramblers
A Novel
Sarah Tomlinson
Fiction / Literature
Flatiron Books
February 2024
ISBN 9781250890481
304 pages