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Second Person: Why I Used You In My Novel

Second Person: Why I Used You In My Novel

Second person address, “I-to-you,” is a fascinating and effective literary device, the most intimate point-of-view there is, but writers avoid it like a death knell. Most editors reject it. Not only that, it isn’t easy to pull off, especially in novel length stories. So why use it? Why have the narrator tell her story to […]

June 25, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
From Poem to Love Story

From Poem to Love Story

Whenever I think of the protagonist in my historical novel, Ella Durant, I imagine her brother in a fit of rage in 1903, burning all of her letters, family photos, and any memorabilia having her imprint. It had to be, because there is scant primary material about Ella Durant except for a handful of correspondence […]

June 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Having an Affair With Your Writing

Having an Affair With Your Writing

Recently I completed my first young adult novel. As anyone writing a book can attest, it was a long slog. Personally, I wouldn’t have been able to complete it were it not for two creative sources of inspiration that rocked my world in a major way—Broadway’s Hamilton and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. Let me back […]

June 22, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Pseudonyms: To Use Or Not To Use

Pseudonyms: To Use Or Not To Use

I suppose I should start off by admitting that Elysee Orchidkiller is not my real name. I can hear you groan with disappointment and I completely agree with you. It is such a shame that my parents didn’t think up such fetching names! Why did I choose to publish under a pseudonym? I imagine my […]

June 20, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Never Jump From A Moving Novel

Never Jump From A Moving Novel

Novel writing is a journey. We authors are the advance team who scout locations before the readers make an appearance. But we’re travelers first and foremost – into foreign lands, if we’ve the nerve to leave the familiar landscape of memoir. When I began writing, agents and editors cautioned that the craft had strict rules. […]

June 17, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Taking Risks with Co-Writing Diversity

Taking Risks with Co-Writing Diversity

My two most ‘risky’ cultural projects have been co-writing ‘f2m: the boy within’, the first Young Adult novel about transitioning gender co-written by an ftm, and ‘Hijabi Girl’ a fun, junior chapter book which had 41 rejections from traditional publishers before I self -published. I’m not trans and I’m not Muslim. But I do take […]

June 15, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
On Openings

On Openings

After digging deep into the recesses of my mind and pouring out of ideas on a blank page or screen, what next? The gestation period is not completely over. I continue to create characters and plot as I write. That continual creative experience is vital to the way I work. For many writers, after this […]

June 13, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
From Sculpture To Writing

From Sculpture To Writing

Being born into a family of special effects wizards in Hollywood, I knew early on that I would follow in their footsteps as a creative person. I lived and breathed visual art. After art school, I got a studio on Los Angeles Skid Row where I also taught art to homeless men and women and […]

June 11, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Five Unique Ways to Market Your First Book

Five Unique Ways to Market Your First Book

I gave birth to a book recently. It may sound cliche or ridiculous, or both, but to me it was real. Every stage of writing the book, from conception to publication, I likened to when I had my own babies. I felt the rollercoaster of emotions: excitement, anxiety and the flat out exhaustion to point […]

June 10, 2016 | By | 5 Replies More
Diversity in Publishing

Diversity in Publishing

Just over two years ago, I went on a hunt around my house for our dusty old laptop. I rarely used computers or laptops outside of the office, hence it took me a couple of hours to dig out, and I eventually found it buried under heaps of odds and sods in the spare room. […]

June 9, 2016 | By | Reply More