Joy Radio is honored to be interviewing Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick at 11 AM, EDT, on May 20th, pub date release of her newest novel, GOING ON NINE:
On a sweltering St. Louis afternoon, a child swipes her mother's ring, snatches her sister's nightgown, and runs outside to play "bride." She promptly loses the ring, rips the gown, assumes it’s about to rain daggers, and runs away from home to find a 'better' family. What happens next is a summer-long journey around her deceptively sleepy neighborhood, during which Grace Townsend travels on foot and by horseback, rides shotgun in a shiny new Plymouth Belvedere, hunkers in the back of a rattletrap vegetable truck, crawls into a crumbling tunnel, treks out to a fire in the hinterlands, explores the closet of a prom queen, keeps vigil in the bedroom of a molestation victim, and helps tame a killer dog. Those are a few of the reasons Grace will remember the summer of 1956 for the rest of her life, and why adults and older YA readers will love Going on Nine (May, 2014, Familius).
Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick was born, reared, and schooled in St. Louis, the second of six children. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, she has been a staff feature writer for daily newspapers in Hannibal, St. Louis, and Milwaukee. Her articles, stories and essays have appeared in newspapers throughout the United States, and in St. Louisan Magazine, Lessons From My Parents (2013, Familius), Ruminate, The Vocabula Review, Prick of the Spindle, Sew News, Fan Story, Yesterday’s Magazette, Reminisce Magazine, All Things Girl, and in four Outrider Press Black and White anthologies.
www.goingonnine.com, www.amatterofhappenstance.com, her debut novel.