Janet Burroway is the author of eight novels including Raw Silk, Opening Nights, and Cutting Stone. Bridge of Sand will appear from Harcourt in spring 2009.Among her recent works are the plays Medea With Child, Sweepstakes, and Parts of Speech; a collection of essays, Embalming Mom; the second edition of Imaginative Writing, and the seventh edition of Writing Fiction.She is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita at the Florida State University in Tallahassee."