Several years ago, Fuze co-founder Molly Best Tinsley crafted a memoir that chronicled the final stage of her parents’ lives. Though a number of agents chose to pass on the dark humor of this family story, she was encouraged by an editor at a small but well-known publishing house, who loved it and said she would get back to her with a contract. A week later Tinsley received an apologetic retraction of the offer. It turned out the publishing house had just been bought out by a much larger one, and the new marketing department didn’t think Entering the Blue Stone would make enough money. The marketers suggested that Tinsley revise the book into a how-to manual for those whose loved ones suffered from organic brain disorders. There was just one problem with that instruction: the ultimate point of Tinsley’s narrative is that the only path through these situations requires surrendering the need for a simple how-to.
A former professor of English at the United States Naval Academy, Molly Best Tinsley is recognized as the first professoremerita in its history. Her fiction has twice received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, as well as the Oregon Book Award and the Pushcart Prize. She is the co-author of Satan’s Chamber (Fuze Publishing), Throwing Knives (Ohio State University Press), and My Life With Darwin (Houghton Mifflin). Dr. Tinsley also co-authoredThe Creative Process (St. Martin’s), and her plays have been read or staged nationwide, from Seattle, to Houston, New York City, and Washington DC. She lives in Oregon, where she divides her time between Ashland and Portland.