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Reading Wuthering Heights With Juvenile Offenders

Reading Wuthering Heights With Juvenile Offenders

The idea that literature changes people’s lives is the premise of a program I facilitate through Fairfax County Public Library. It’s called Changing Lives Through Literature (CLTL) and it’s run in partnership with Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court and Fairfax Library Foundation. I work with first time offenders and girls in a […]

April 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
How to make the truth Palatable

How to make the truth Palatable

Toni Morrison said, “If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Those words gave me the kick-start. I’d read some second generation Polish fiction (mainly from the U.S.) and a vital ingredient was missing – Europe 1939-1945. Could I manage to depict those years […]

April 22, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Should Everyone Publish a Book?

Should Everyone Publish a Book?

I was chatting with an acquaintance recently when we got onto what I’d been up to lately. “Just finished my second novel,” I chirped, certain he’d be mightily impressed. Instead, I got a judgmental pause followed by: “You and everyone else on the planet!” Umbrage was taken, but the comment did strike me… as sort […]

April 18, 2015 | By | 8 Replies More
Facebook: Love It or Leave It?

Facebook: Love It or Leave It?

Back in February a writer/friend, Donna Zukaitis Falcone, posted a question on Facebook:  Building a platform as a writer: Can it be done without Facebook in the 21st century anymore? Do the old tried and true ways still work in a digital age? She sparked a lively conversation, and it struck an especially resonant chord […]

April 16, 2015 | By | 13 Replies More
Q&A with Trisha Ashley

Q&A with Trisha Ashley

1) What are your top five writing tips? a) Writer’s block (and see question 3): if you come to a stop in your novel and can’t see a way forward, then employ lateral thinking and walk around that big rock, or tunnel underneath it, or do a sharp right turn and go somewhere else. But […]

April 13, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
A Day in the Life of an Editor

A Day in the Life of an Editor

When you, the tired, withdrawn author, come to me, the fresh-eyed, enthusiastic editor, and say, ‘I need help’ or ‘Something’s not working, but I don’t know what’ or ‘I’m receiving countless rejections’ or ‘I keep getting 2 star reviews’ or ‘I CAN’T GO ON!’, I’m quick to offer you a virtual hug because I recognise […]

April 10, 2015 | By | 7 Replies More
Older Writers

Older Writers

I am what the French so delicately call, femmes d’une certaine age, somewhere between middle age and Social Security—much closer to Social Security, if I’m being honest. And I just had my debut novel published as an ebook, with a paperback to come out later this year. I’m also in the process of having an […]

April 7, 2015 | By | 14 Replies More
Women and Myths in Storytelling

Women and Myths in Storytelling

I recently wrote a blog post for my group of fellow authors, Novelistas Ink, about my previous incarnation running storytelling workshop based on myths. Writing the post made me think again about the role of myths in storytelling, and in storytelling about women in particular. (You can find the original post here) The ancient myths […]

April 5, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
Q&A With Author Bethany Chase

Q&A With Author Bethany Chase

I can’t recall how Bethany and I became friends, but I am sure that the name of her blog (“It’s Better With Bangs”) and her spunky twitter profile (“I’m a women’s fiction author, interior designer, and eternally hopeful A-cup.”) had something to do with it. That same voice – spunky, quick, bold – is what […]

April 2, 2015 | By | 6 Replies More
The 10 Commandments of Southern Writers

The 10 Commandments of Southern Writers

Southern writer F. Diane Pickett is the author of the National Indie Excellence Award-winning book “Never Isn’t Long Enough.” She shares her 10 commandments of Southern Writers with us. (l) You must have been “raised right” so deep in the South that you can get to Atlanta without a road map and know that Buckhead […]

April 1, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More