Longtime Nashville journalist Carrington Fox recently stepped away from the all-you-can-eat buffet of reviewing restaurants to draft her first novel.
Sexy Chapter, complete at 93,000 words and in search of representation, tells the humorous and mildly bawdy story of Augustine “Gussie” Flowers, a forty-something novelist losing her voice in a literary landscape crowded with crime thrillers and werewolf erotica. When Gussie’s longtime editor-mentor retires and is replaced by wünderkind Phin Lynsey, Gussie is in for a shock. Phin’s meteoric rise in publishing is proof that sex sells, and he insists that Gussie get with the program by adding what he calls a “sexy chapter” to her latest chaste manuscript. With the help of her friends—including an obstetrician who can’t get pregnant and a pastry chef who can’t stomach gluten—Gussie embarks on a laughable series of cringeworthy rewrites to salvage her career. In the process, she explores why it’s so hard to write sex in fiction and what the challenge reveals about her relationships in real life. Ultimately, Gussie and Phin connect in both literature and love, and Gussie learns that her greatest power—as a woman and a writer—comes not from sexual bravado but from courage to trust her own creative voice.
In 2010 Carrington Fox was named the top food writer by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies for her column in the Nashville Scene. Her work has appeared in Southern Living, Food Network, Dr. Oz The Good Life, Culture, and NFocus magazines; Creative Loafing Charlotte; Louisville’s LEO Weekly; Esquire.com; Chapter16.org; MasonDixonKnitting.com; and The Tennessean. She has appeared on Throwdown! With Bobby Flay and been a guest on Martha Stewart’s radio program. Carrington frequently addresses civic groups, garden and book clubs, and writing workshops.
Carrington recently enrolled in her local technical college and is journaling her experience as a middle-aged mom in construction school at BuildMeUpButtercupBlog.
Carrington is a graduate of Princeton University and holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University. She lives in Nashville with her husband David, three young sons, five backyard hens, and a shiftless but endearing Havanese terrier.
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