I was excited to talk to this week’s guest not just because she’s an extraordinary writer, but because she also lives close to where I grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Jamie Quatro has called Lookout Mountain, Georgia, home for about 12 years now. If you’re unfamiliar with the geography of Georgia, Lookout Mountain is part of metro Chattanooga, which lies about two hours north of Atlanta, right at the border of Tennessee and Georgia.
Jamie Quatro is probably best known for her short fiction writing. Her first book was a story collection entitled, I Want To Show You More. I Want To Show You More was a New York Times Notable Book, an NPR Best Book of 2013, and an Indie Next and O, The Oprah Magazine pick.
Jamie’s novel, Fire Sermon, came out in January. When I asked about the book’s origin, Jamie said she didn’t know it would become a novel when she sat down to write the story in her head.
Jamie Quatro has two appearances comings up in the next week in the metro Atlanta area. Catch her Feb. 13th at SCAD’s Ivy Hall in Atlanta or meet her Feb. 15th at the Prince Avenue location of Avid Bookshop in Athens.
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