Waiting for the Night Song: Julie Carrick Dalton's Suspense Novel
May 21, 2021
Hosted by Diane Dewey
We'll Drop In with Julie Carrick Dalton about her debut novel about secrets -- both the earth's secrets and personal -- values and friendship. When Cadie and her friend Daniela witness a murder as children, they’re forced to keep it a secret. But when the incident resurfaces decades later after they’ve drifted apart, time runs short for both as they try to figure out whether the truth is worth the sacrifice. This is an incredibly timely book in the vein of Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy and Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver that has a parallel narrative about the bark beetle infestation and rising threat of forest fires due to climate change that ties together an affecting narrative of friendship and immigration, ethics and the ramifications of our decisions. Dalton’s unique background in science, agriculture and journalism clearly informs her engaging prose and plot. Waiting for the Night Song is an atmospheric literary suspense debut novel that was recently featured as a most anticipated thriller/mystery for 2021 by both Buzzfeed and Frolic, as well as a most anticipated 2021 read by Betches and Medium’s Angela Lashbrook, who called it “an evocative, beautifully-written debut.” Some more recent book love: · “A startling and timely debut, Julie Carrick Dalton's Waiting for the Night Song is a moving, brilliant novel about friendships forged in childhood magic and ruptured by the high price of secrets that leave you forever changed.” (Bookish) · "Dalton's debut is a story of friendship, family, and the consequences of acting out of fear, especially when those actions are performed to protect those we love. The storytelling is made even more vivid by the way the novel practically breathes the woods of New Hampshire." (Booklist)
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My most pressing question has always been about identity: Who am I? Growing up near Philadelphia with my adoptive family, my genetic identity was hidden. Then, my Swiss biological father, Otto, contacted me when I was age forty-seven in 2002. I’d been told by my adoptive parents that my biological parents were dead, supposedly to protect me. Meeting Otto upended my life. Through him, I met my German biological mother’s family to discover that her story too, had been changed; that she’d not wanted to surrender me and she’d searched for me all her life. Finding my truth was essential.
Based on my experience I am excited to talk to people about their own search for identity. My education includes a BA from Villanova University, a certificate from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. I’ve worked for The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The SoHo Partnership and the National Academy of Design and have studied writing through New York University’s Continuing Education program. As an entrepreneur, I founded my art appraisal business, The Realization of Art in 2006. My non-fiction writing has been published in Shared Space, a monograph, and in Artes online magazine. Writing workshops worldwide have given me the chance to learn and hone my craft. My first book, “Fixing the Fates,” was awarded the National Non-Fiction Author’s Association Silver Medal and the Living Now Award.