Author Archive: Barbara

Dutch by birth and serial emigrant, Barbara currently lives with her husband and daughter in a tiny village in Galicia, in northeast Spain, as basic and simple as can be. When she's not tweeting excessively about escaping chickens, bug infected potatoes and swearing villagers, she tries to string words together into coherent sentences or teaches. Visit Barbara's website.

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In conversation with Sonia Taitz,  author of Great With Child

In conversation with Sonia Taitz, author of Great With Child

  Having gone to law school and practiced law for several years, what made you decide to write books?  I was one of those people, common in the children of immigrants, who wanted to “succeed” in academics and my career without really knowing what I wanted out of life beyond that. I always loved writing […]

April 12, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Guilty Landscape

Guilty Landscape

It started with the following tweet. Loving Someone Else's Conflict by @AlisonLayland. Gripping & sensitive portrayal of Balkans conflict and its aftermath #amreading — Louisa Treger (@louisatreger) April 7, 2015 I immediately knew I had to read this novel and a few weeks later I had it in my hands. To my surprise I found […]

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Killing Happless Ally, Anna Vaught

Killing Happless Ally, Anna Vaught

KILLING HAPLESS ALLY, ANNA VAUGHT A tale of an individual grappling for sanity and identity; a black comedy in which we discover how Alison, its curious protagonist, conceived in childhood an alter ego called ‘Hapless Ally’ in order to present a different, more palatable version of herself to her family and to the world beyond. […]

June 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
As an Author, Do You Need an Intern?

As an Author, Do You Need an Intern?

An ‘intern’ is the new literary or arts apprentice which is more skilled than ‘work experience’. And some can be VIRTUAL interns, working from anywhere. ‘Self –employment’ is an increasingly important choice for creatives and our culture needs more entrepreneurs AND authorpreneurs. Until now, I’ve avoided having an intern. Despite requests to provide work-experience for […]

February 19, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Q&A with Sara Eckel

Q&A with Sara Eckel

Sara Eckel is a personal hero for those of us here at WWWB. All you have to do is read the title of her book, which stemmed from her “Modern Love” column in The New York Times, and you’ll understand why: IT’S NOT YOU: 27 (WRONG) REASONS YOU’RE SINGLE (Perigree Books). In it, she uses […]

January 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
What Makes You Pick Up A Book?

What Makes You Pick Up A Book?

What makes you pick up a book and read it? The cover? The blurb? The title? — Women Writers (@WomenWriters) December 3, 2014 @WomenWriters Cover, recommendations, sometimes award thingies on the front, author’s name…many, many things. — Heather Wheat (@hwheaties) December 3, 2014 @WomenWriters An interest in the subject matter, the title, and the endorsements. […]

December 5, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
What is the Best Thing About Writing?

What is the Best Thing About Writing?

What is the best thing about writing? — Women Writers (@WomenWriters) September 18, 2014 @WomenWriters To have written 🙂 — Kathleen Fordyce (@KathleenFordyce) September 18, 2014 @WomenWriters Serves as a catharsis. #writing — Sarai (@sarah_rahman) September 18, 2014 @WomenWriters Writing is the only thing that stops me from ruminating about the things I know I […]

September 21, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
How important is smell in your writing?

How important is smell in your writing?

How important is smell in your writing? — Women Writers (@WomenWriters) August 16, 2014 @WomenWriters I use scent for various visceral things in my writing. Scent and taste bring the reader into the character's immediate world — AK Anderson (@A_K_Anderson) August 16, 2014 @WomenWriters Smell is a key sense we must describe in our writing. […]

August 23, 2014 | By | 8 Replies More
Do you know how your novel will end when you start writing it?

Do you know how your novel will end when you start writing it?

We asked you on twitter! Do you know how your novel will end when you start writing it? — Women Writers (@WomenWriters) August 1, 2014 @WomenWriters yes always! Rough plot first including ending then flesh out from there. — Sally King (@SallyKingUK) August 1, 2014 @WomenWriters: that kind of assumes I have an inkling of […]

August 2, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
How do stories come to you?

How do stories come to you?

We asked on Twitter, you answered! How do stories come to you? Do you visualise them or do you actually hear the words? — Women Writers (@WomenWriters) July 28, 2014 @WomenWriters like movies playing scene by scene, sometimes just a line or two, or a location, a name or a feeling in my gut #amwriting […]

July 29, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More