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 who is losing her voice in a literary landscape increasingly crowded with crime thrillers and werewolf erotica. When Gussie’s longtime editor-mentor, Jessica Blum, retires and is replaced by publishing 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. Through a series of laughably stomach-churning rewrites, Gussie explores why it’s so hard to write sex in fiction and what the challenge reveals about her relationships in real life. Ultimately, Gussie finds happiness in love and literature while discovering that her true power is not in her sexual bravado but in her courage to trust her own creative voice.
As a business-journalist-turned-food-writer, Carrington has chronicled the emergence of Nashville as “It City” over the last decade. Along the way, she has become a leading and often humorous voice in the city’s conversation about restaurants, food security, and sustainability. In 2010 she was named the top food writer by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies for her weekly column in the Nashville Scene.
Carrington’s work has appeared in Southern Living, Food Network, Culture, and NFocus magazines; Creative Loafing Charlotte; Louisville’s LEO Weekly; Esquire.com; Chapter16.org; 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 is a graduate of Princeton University and holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University. She lives in Nashville with her husband David, three young sons,
six five backyard hens, and a shiftless but endearing Havanese terrier.
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