Grace Unexpected

Gale MartinGale Martin is an award-winning writer of contemporary fiction who plied her childhood penchant for lying into a legitimate literary pursuit during midlife. She began writing her first novel at age eleven, finishing her first book three decades later. 

Her debut novel, "Don Juan in Hankey, PA," published in 2011, is a humorous backstage novel inspired by Don Giovanni, Mozart’s famous tragicomic opera about the last two days of Don Juan’s life. It was named a Finalist in the 2012 National Indie Excellence Awards for New Fiction.

Martin hosts a blog about opera called and an opera-themed Twitter account. 

Her second novel "Grace Unexpected," published in 2012, is wryly witty women's fiction that features a protagonist who can hear her ovaries ticking, who has a heart of pure gold, wrapped in lead. But a string of crummy boyfriends would do that to any lovable woman while waiting for Mr. Right. 

She has a master of arts in creative writing from Wilkes University. Her work has been published in The Christian Science Monitor, Duck & Herring Company's Pocket Field Guide, Sirens Magazine, Giggle Water Review, and in several anthologies.

One of her earliest writing teachers said, "Words are stones. Feel the weight of them." That stayed with her, guiding her editing and revision, more than any other single piece of writing advice.

She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania because "she has to." Otherwise, she'd love to reside in New York City, so that she could take in all that culture. A few years ago, she became an opera reviewer and writes live performance critiques for Backtrack.

Start Date: 10/24/2013 01:00 am
End Date: 10/24/2013 02:00 am
Location: Franco Library
Sponsor: Literary Festival
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