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Writing About Love

Writing About Love

It wasn’t until I started writing fiction that I became aware of the widespread tendency to view men’s writing about love, family and relationships as a meaningful reflection on the human condition and women’s as frivolous and inconsequential. Increasingly there is a will to challenge and redress this prejudice and its consequences and that is […]

May 22, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Let’s Talk About Cats and Dogs

Let’s Talk About Cats and Dogs

“A cat has absolute emotional honesty; human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.”  Ernest Hemingway My debut novel The Astonishing Thing is about a woman with mental illness, seen through the eyes of her cat. It was refreshing to look at the world from a cat’s […]

May 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Place Settings

Place Settings

I’ve often said that I could live in an airlock in outer space for the rest of my life and never miss fresh air. Fresh baked bread, I’d miss. But sunshine, a cool breeze, and the way the moonlight dances across the surface of the ocean? Meh. Suffice it to say, I am not what […]

May 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Make Like a Nun and Get Your Writing Habit On

Make Like a Nun and Get Your Writing Habit On

What habit might that be, you ask?  Is it: The habit of sitting down to write at the same time in the same location each and every day even though Spring is here and your hands would rather be digging in the dirt than pounding on the keys? The habit of editing a draft over […]

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Insults, Ordinary objects, and Empathy: A Doctor Discusses Empathy Through Writing

Insults, Ordinary objects, and Empathy: A Doctor Discusses Empathy Through Writing

My first meeting with Neslihan Senoçak, an expert on medieval Italy, didn’t start well. I was in the early stages of writing my first novel, The Scribe of Siena, and I’d managed to get Nesli to meet with me.  But she looked suspicious. After several minutes of introductory niceties, I realized why. She expected the […]

May 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
When Opportunity Knocks, Answer The Door

When Opportunity Knocks, Answer The Door

There’s only one secret to success, and it’s hardly a secret. When opportunity knocks, answer the door. You’d be surprised how many people don’t. They turn up the TV while glancing warily through the window, sighing in relief as opportunity moves on to another house. Here’s why it’s important not to do that. Every accomplishment, […]

May 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Getting Past the Opening: Where to Start your Novel

Getting Past the Opening: Where to Start your Novel

We sit in front of the keyboard, poised, with an idea for a book spinning in our head, and find ourselves afraid to start. After all, we are aware we have one paragraph, or three at best, to capture the attention of the reader. What do we do? My friend and mentor, Elizabeth Searle, offered […]

May 11, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
5 Tips to Turn Ordinary Interactions into Book Sales

5 Tips to Turn Ordinary Interactions into Book Sales

In the course of a day, even introverted writers (which I must admit, I’m not) have the opportunity to turn everyday interactions into book buzz. This week alone, I was talking to the Macy’s clerk and as she hung the cute new dress I was buying, I mentioned that I had a book coming out […]

May 9, 2017 | By | 3 Replies More
The Memoir I Did Not Plan to Write

The Memoir I Did Not Plan to Write

The best memoirs read like novels with their shaped plots and fully developed characters, yet the experience of reading a memoir can have a compelling power that fiction does not always match. The knowledge that the story we are reading is true and the immediacy of the author’s voice bring us into direct relation to […]

May 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Invisible Women In The History Of Literature

Invisible Women In The History Of Literature

As a child, I loved to write secrets in invisible ink. When I wrote words with orange juice, they could be read only in the heat of a candle flame. And that is how it felt when looking for women writers to balance the record during my research for A Biography of Story, A Brief […]

May 5, 2017 | By | 4 Replies More