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Denise Kiernan

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Denise Kiernan has been working as a writer for nearly twenty years. Her most recent book, The Girls of Atomic City, is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times and NPRbestseller, and was named as one of Amazon’s Top 100 Best Books of 2013. She is also the author of popular history titles Signing Their Lives Away, Signing Their Rights Away, and Stuff Every American Should Know. She has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, Ms. Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Discover, and many more publications. She has also worked in television, serving as head writer for ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire during its Emmy award-winning first season and producing for media outlets such as ESPN and MSNBC.  She has been a featured guest on NPR’s“Weekend Edition,” PBS NewsHour, MSNBC Morning Joe, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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Denise Kiernan

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Denise Kiernan has been working as a writer for nearly twenty years. Her most recent book, The Girls of Atomic City, is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times and NPRbestseller, and was named as one of Amazon’s Top 100 Best Books of 2013. She is also the author of popular history titles Signing Their Lives Away, Signing Their Rights Away, and Stuff Every American Should Know. She has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, Ms. Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Discover, and many more publications. She has also worked in television, serving as head writer for ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire during its Emmy award-winning first season and producing for media outlets such as ESPN and MSNBC.  She has been a featured guest on NPR’s“Weekend Edition,” PBS NewsHour, MSNBC Morning Joe, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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Writing The Girls of Atomic City required hours in the library. Author Denise Kiernan, escapes from intense research by getting lost in Lee Child thrillers and Margaret Atwood novels.

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Denise Kiernan
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Everything is falling into place...until it isn't. Then just wing it.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Get through your first draft as quickly as you feasibly can without rereading and without judging your work—or yourself

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. No. I feel too guilty and stressed about all the ones I have yet to read a first time.

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Yikes, that's a tough one. William Faulkner, for sure. Margaret Atwood has to be up there. Jeanette Winterson never disappoints. Tom Robbins reminds me of college. William Shakespeare is beautifully bawdy. Joan Didion. Right now, I'm into Lee Child. Nora Ephron delights on so many levels and in so many different literary forms.

However, if I have to choose just one all-time favorite author, that would have to be my husband, Joseph D'Agnese.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. First of all, I reserve the right to completely change this list at any time. As with most creative works, the impact of these books has as much to do with who I was when I read them as it does with the works themselves. Books are like rivers—you can never step into the same one twice. That said, when I've dipped back into these, they still hold up.

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

Brave New World

Lord Of the Rings

As I Lay Dying/Light in August (I cheated!)

The Water is Wide

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