Jill McCorkle made publishing history at age twenty-six, in 1984, when her first two novels were published simultaneously. She is the author of The Cheer Leader, July 7th, Tending to Virginia, Ferris Beach, and Carolina Moon, as well as three story collections, most recently Creatures of Habit. Among her many prizes are the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. She has taught creative writing at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Tufts, Harvard, Brandeis, and Bennington. McCorkle is on the faculty at North Carolina State University.