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Living With Your Characters

Living With Your Characters

I was lucky enough to meet the legendary Iris Murdoch, years ago. I was one away from her at a dinner table and when the man between us left for a moment, and being in the early stages of a first novel, I leaned over to ask if she could possibly give me any tiny […]

December 3, 2017 | By | 3 Replies More
Oversharing….Or Being Authentic

Oversharing….Or Being Authentic

My mother had a wise old saying… “Keep your own counsel.”  Some decades ago, personal information was kept private. We didn’t discuss politics, religion or how much money we made. That was distasteful. Today, encouraged by social media, we are more open and willing to share. For women who suffer from abuse, this can be […]

December 2, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Neglected Lady Novelists And Me

Neglected Lady Novelists And Me

It was the 1980s and I was a student in London when I began to discover women writers who, despite belonging to my grandmothers’ – or even my great-grandmothers’ – generation, had voices so compelling and authentic I couldn’t stop reading them. They included Rosamond Lehmann, Elizabeth Taylor, Elizabeth Bowen, Barbara Comyns, Rebecca West, Stevie […]

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Dear Mr Bezos…

Dear Mr Bezos…

Dear Mr. Bezos: Your net worth just passed $95 billion. A mind-numbing number. Do you ever pause at a price tag? Worry over paying the bi-annual property tax? Waver between buying gas for your car (or paying the electrical bill for the Tesla) and taking mass transit? Or, as most authors do, use the blank […]

November 30, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Book Babies or Book Lovers?

Book Babies or Book Lovers?

I know a lot of women writers who also happen to be mothers. It’s not unusual for them to refer to their books as their “babies.” After all, they conceived the idea, became a bit faint and nauseous during the writing process, faced insecurities and fears about their abilities to actually follow through and do […]

November 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
A Pantser’s Guide to Turning Rough to Ready in one Pass

A Pantser’s Guide to Turning Rough to Ready in one Pass

I have tried, Lord have I tried, to plan out a novel before tackling the actual writing, but after nine novels, I think it’s safe to say, I’m a die-hard pantser.  For those who don’t know, a pantser is an author who dives into drafting without a plan, flying by the seat of her pants. […]

November 27, 2017 | By | 3 Replies More
Combining First Person Narration with Viewpoint Characters: Why? How? Where?

Combining First Person Narration with Viewpoint Characters: Why? How? Where?

  While once upon a time the use of the first person narrator in fiction was seen as “barbaric”, that time is long past. It is now a popular narrator voice, and it fits well with the feminist opposition to so called “objective” knowledge—something embodied in omniscient third person narrator. Moreover, we are all keenly […]

November 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Can We Have It All?

Can We Have It All?

As I sit down to write this blog, I ask myself the two questions I often have to answer. The first, do I want to do it? The second, do I have time? The response I generally come to is this… If I want to do it, I’ll have to make time! Like so many […]

November 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nevertheless, She Persisted

Nevertheless, She Persisted

My novel The Mermaids of Lake Michigan was published earlier this year, but I completed the first draft of it almost twenty years ago. When it was finished, I printed out sample chapters, typed up cover letters, and began querying literary agents via airmail. I still have some of their replies, typed up back then […]

November 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
My Writing Process (or Lack of One!)

My Writing Process (or Lack of One!)

I always feel a bit guilty when people ask me about my writing ‘process’. It’s the same when people ask me about Game of Thrones. Confession: I don’t really have one and I’ve never watched a single episode (sorry GOT fans!). Basically, I just sit down somewhere – anywhere – and write. I don’t even […]

November 20, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More