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Shouting From The Rooftops: Self Promo

Shouting From The Rooftops: Self Promo

Way back in the mists of time (2000) at the instigation of author Margaret Murphy I was one of seven northern crime writers who clubbed together to launch Murder Squad. We created a website, produced a brochure and were soon appearing at libraries and festivals throughout the country to promote our work. The impetus for […]

September 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
How to Write about Something You Know Nothing About

How to Write about Something You Know Nothing About

I recently began taking piano lessons as an adult, and I can now tell you this for certain: I am no musician. On the first day, when I told my piano teacher that I wanted to learn to play ragtime, she said: “Why does everyone always want to tackle the hardest music first?” I didn’t […]

September 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Lessons Learned From The Brooklyn Book Festival

Lessons Learned From The Brooklyn Book Festival

Never having been a vendor at a book festival, I jumped at the chance to share a booth at the Brooklyn Book Festival with two other She Writes Press authors, Sande Boritz Berger, author of The Sweetness, A Novel and Liz Gelb O’Connor, author of The Angelorum Chronicles and Caught Up in Raine—romantic women’s fiction. […]

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Pieces Of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters

Pieces Of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters

“You should be glad you didn’t get your girls back yet,” a friend told me while we were in line at a coffee shop. “Your book will be that much better.” It was 1995, and I had just returned to Alaska from Greece after my first failed attempt to rescue my kidnapped daughters, taken by […]

September 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why I Wrote Les Parisiennes

Why I Wrote Les Parisiennes

In an early – and discarded – draft of the prologue to my book  I wrote how one of the most common questions every author is asked when publishing a book is: ‘How long did it take you to write?’ If it did not sound so arrogant, I might this time be tempted to reply […]

September 19, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Deciding What To Write

Deciding What To Write

The feeling a writer has when deciding what to write about is extremely exhilarating, but also very nerve-bending. At least it was for me. I knew I wanted to write something that would be especially appealing to women in midlife – my own age group. But what story? I love to brainstorm, sometimes throwing the […]

September 16, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More
The Kindness of Strangers

The Kindness of Strangers

Three years ago the opportunity came my way to interview Fay Weldon for the Historical Novel Society. To say I seized on the chance would be an understatement. Weldon is a household name, a woman whose writing career spans 5 decades, who has written 34 novels and many short story collections, TV dramas and plays […]

September 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Dealing With Serous Issues with Humor and Wit

Dealing With Serous Issues with Humor and Wit

A couple of years ago, I was pitching my first novel, WOLF (KAOS press June 2016), in New York City, and when I told a group of young women authors about the subplot and themes of date rape, party rape, and rape drugs, and I said it was a humorous mystery, some of them were […]

September 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cover Girls — Behind the Mask

Cover Girls — Behind the Mask

“44 Sex Tips From Around the World — Prepare for Global Warming”  . . . “Unexpected Sex Advice—How to Turn Yourself On” shouts the September 2016 cover of Cosmopolitan, one of America’s top twenty magazines by circulation. (Digital circulation 14.6 million unique visitors and growing.)  The magazine’s mission: to empower young women “to own who […]

September 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Asking Questions, Finding Community

Asking Questions, Finding Community

“You ask the best questions,” Kristy Woodson Harvey exclaimed, if you’ll lend me the liberty of saying people can exclaim via email. Working at home as a writer can be a lonely business, and I’ll take human contact and emotion in any form I can get some days!  But through the beautiful world of the […]

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