MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2016
I was born in New Jersey when my British father was working for Bell Labs, but after my parents moved us back to the UK, I spent my childhood on the beautiful east coast of Scotland. After living and working in London for a decade, I came back to the US in 1987, first to D.C. and the to Maryland where I've lived with my husband for 16 years.
My fiction is inspired by and draws from influences on both sides of the Atlantic. Following (humbly) in the tradition of the great Alice Munro, I choose to write about actual human lives rooted in reality - birth, death, relationships, financial struggles, depression, growth, unexpected encounters, and moments of grace. I aspire to write prose that is simple and clear but depicts the familiar in a new and surprising way.
My short stories have been published in both the UK and the US and have been longlisted for the Heekin Group Foundation's Tara Fellowship in Short Fiction and Plymouth University's 2015 Short Fiction Prize. My flash fictions have won the TSS and Retreat West Flash Fiction Competitions, and I am a two-time winner of the Ad Hoc Fiction Contest. I have had articles and essays published in The Washington Post, American History Magazine, and American Heritage among others.
I am also working on two longer projects. Albion's Millennium is a multi-book fictional saga that follows two British families through the upheavals of the 20th century. Children of Eden is the biography of the royal family in 19th century Tahiti, a remarkable true story that encompasses the Jewish community in Dickensian London, the Scottish aristocracy, and the American Civil War.
You can follow me on Twitter @Fionajanemack or my blog Midatlantic - http://fiona-midatlantic.blogspot.co.uk/.