Thanks to all you readers out there, Jan Ellison’s debut novel A Small Indiscretion has hit the USA TODAY Bestselling Books list for the first time.
The San Francisco Chronicle just included Jan Ellison’s debut novel A Small Indiscretion as one of their 100 Recommended Reads for 2015.
Jan Ellison’s debut novel A Small Indiscretion has been named one of the 86 titles in the 2016 Tournament of Books Long List. If you found A Small Indiscretion to be your favorite novel of 2015, feel free to throw in a vote for consideration as a tournament contender.
Enchanted Prose reviewer Lorraine Kleinwaks hails A Small Indiscretion as the most psychologically suspenseful, literary novel she’s reviewed. Adds Kleinwaks, “Does this classify as mystery genre vs. suspense? Literary fiction vs. commercial? These distinctions are fuzzy to me. Pin me down, I’d hedge my bets. Tag it literary suspense. The prose is exceptionally good and provocative, bridging literary and commercial.”
Capital Public Radio Interview with Jan Ellison
KXJZ 90.9 Sacramento, March 25, 2016
Listen to the podcast of Donna Apidone’s interview with Jan Ellison about A Small Indiscretion, the CapRadio Reads book club selection for March 2016.
Author and SF State Alumna Teaches Students about Writing and Handling Rejection
Golden Gate Express, March 8, 2016
Read Cecilie Lyngberg’s article about Jan Ellison’s recent lecture on writing and rejection.
Hear Jan Ellison’s podcast conversation with Martha Pettit of Folio Books where Jan talks about hometowns, cities, characters and how she came to write her debut novel A Small Indiscretion.
Hear Jan Ellison’s podcast interview on Women Worldwide with Deirdre Breakenridge where Jan talks about the writing and themes of her debut novel A Small Indiscretion.
Listen to Jan’s podcast interview with Yin Chang on 88 Cups of Tea, where Jan chats about how traveling heavily influences her stories, novels evolving from short stories, how writing workshops and mentors shaped her writing and more.
A Small Indiscretion is Book Movement’s Book of the Month pick for book clubs. Enter your book club for the book giveaway and check out the Club Guide, including a tomato pie recipe from Chaiwalla Tea House in Salisbury, CT and a cocktail recipe from Claridge’s Bar in London.
Jan Ellison’s A Small Indiscretion rides the wi-fi airwaves on Amtrak’s Acela Express trains! It’s one of only ten books featured in the launch of the exclusive new content partnership between Random House and Amtrak. Read the full Random House announcement here.
What do writer’s read? Jan Ellison’s guest post in the She Reads Summer Reading Series. illuminates why her summer reading included four novels by talented male writers who expose the “tender interior of their characters’ hearts.”
This San Jose Mercury News article explains why the August 22nd Los Gatos Library Literary Fair is a must-attend event for fans of luminous writing and award-winning writers. Jan Ellison, Cara Black and C.W. Gortner will be delivering inspired keynotes. Read Judy Peterson’s story here.
Writer’s Digest features Jan Ellison’s guest post: 9 Practical Tricks for Writing Your First Novel. This is from trick #3: “Force yourself to write and don’t stop until the timer goes off, even if you have to write about the weather.”
Gone Girl fan? Stylecaster’s Smart Girls Guide to Summer Reading Beach Reads recommends A Small Indiscretion. “If you liked Gone Girl for its suspenseful look inside the psychology of a bad marriage, try A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison…It touches many of the same nerves.”
The Good Men Project features Jan’s article about romance, long marriages, and the good man she married. Read it here.
Huffington Post picks Jan Ellison’s A Small Indiscretion as one of 10 books you should be reading this summer. Bestselling author Catherine McKenzie says her definition of great summer reads centers around “books you can get lost in…that let you leave ordinary life behind.”
A novelist mom’s take on how family dinners can teach kids that just because something is difficult doesn’t mean you give up on it. And other important things, too. Read Jan’s article in MindBodyGreen.
Listen to Jan’s podcast interview for Sacha Sterling’s Successful Mompreneur Summit. Jan talks about balancing writing and parenting, banishing guilt and (of all things) the value of family dinners.
Here’s a video of Jan doing a reading from A Small Indiscretion. The event was the June 11 session of Why There Are Words, an evening of award-winning authors reading their works on the theme of “Impulse”.
The backstory of Jan Ellison’s debut novel revealed in ‘A Small Indiscretion,’ a Large Love of Writing
San Jose Mercury News, June 3, 2015.
Read Paul Freeman’s interview with Jan Ellison.
Jan Ellison answers five questions in the W3 Sidecar interview.
Jan Ellison’s A Small Indiscretion tops Gallery Bookshop’s recommended fiction list that recently appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. The Mendocino bookshop’s staff describes the 2015 Chronicle Book Club pick as: “A well-plotted and suspenseful story with lots of surprises. Vivid Bay Area settings add to the allure of this heroine’s search for truth and resolution.” (PS: The cat in the picture answers to the name Catsby.)
San Francisco Chronicle names Jan Ellison/Kirsten Jones Neff conversation a Bay Area arts and entertainment pick for May 27.
Author Jan Ellison in West Coast Live radio interview with Sedge Thompson.
West Coast Live, May 9, 2015, 10AM-Noon
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Author Jan Ellison on How Travel’s Payoffs Beat a Paycheck
The Wall Street Journal, April 16, 2015
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Jan Ellison’s Thesis Becomes Breakout Novel Published by Random House
San Francisco State University College of Liberal & Creative Arts, April 16, 2015
Read Lynn Brown’s interview with Jan Ellison.
Chronicle Book Club picks Jan Ellison and A Small Indiscretion for their 3rd book discussion session with Book Editor John McMurtrie
Find out about this special Chronicle Book Club member event on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in San Francisco
How much of this is true?
Read Jan’s guest post on the Village House of Books website, where she addresses a question writers often dread. The context, of course is her debut novel, A Small Indiscretion. The post spawned some lively and thoughtful discussion at her meet and greet at the Los Gatos, California bookstore a week later on March 28, 2015.
Jan Ellison’s A Small Indiscretion listed by The Reading Room as one of twelve debut authors to read now, saying, “…these twelve authors are our favorites coming into the market.”
Oprah’s Book Club names A Small Indiscretion an Editor’s Pick, calls it “the literary equivalent of a day spa”
Oprah’s Book Club review by Leigh Newman, February 24, 2015
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Give Yourself Permission to Stake out the Territory of Your Writing Life
A PubSlush.com interview with Jan Ellison, February 18, 2015
Read Jan’s tales of breaking into print, the writing life, and advice for women writers here.
Author Jan Ellison ’83 Visits Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
Pasadena Now article and photos by FSHA, February 12, 2015
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CBS Radio Interview with Jan Ellison
Alice@93.7, February 9, 2015
Listen to the podcast of Liz Saint John’s interview with Jan Ellison
USA Today names A Small Indiscretion a weekend pick
USA Today weekend picks for book lovers compiled by Jocelyn McClurg, January 31, 2015
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The Novel in the Drawer Finds Light
1st Books Blog (1st Books blog guest post by Jan Ellison, January 28, 2015)
Read the story of A Small Indiscretion
BOOKish calls A Small Indiscretion one of the week’s hottest releases
BOOKish, January 27, 2015
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Local author Jan Ellison’s debut novel, A Small Indiscretion, is spotlighted at Kepler’s
InMenlo book launch article by Sheri Baer, January 26, 2015
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The New York Times, January 18, 2015
Read the essay by Jan Ellison