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The First Page: Inspiration and Perspiration

The First Page: Inspiration and Perspiration

When I decided to write a novel, I hadn’t written so much as a short story since high school. I took no English classes in college, and I’d never taken a single writing class. But I loved reading, and I’d read thousands of books in my 44 years. I’d also been a lawyer, so I […]

April 4, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Rejection vs. Failure

Rejection vs. Failure

“You do your best work after your biggest disasters.” Tim Robbins, as quoted in The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp Finding neither a publisher, nor an agent, for my memoir after three years of looking does not constitute my life’s biggest disaster, but in terms of my writing it did. There’s no creative project into which I […]

April 4, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
On Swearing In Writing

On Swearing In Writing

I have a potty-mouth. It’s not a bad thing. For a long time, though, I was ashamed of what came out of my bazoo. Why couldn’t I be demure—ladylike, like the fairy-tale damsel? It’s not as if I didn’t try to make nice. We bobby-socked baby-boomers were groomed to. Still, I just couldn’t ‘do’ pink […]

April 3, 2017 | By | 11 Replies More
The Curse of the Writer’s Muse

The Curse of the Writer’s Muse

A little secret about my writing. I have a muse. I won’t tell you who he is though you can imagine. He is the opposite of me, my alter ego you could say. Extraordinary to my ordinary, or so my writer’s mind imagines. For what is a muse but someone to alight fantasies within you. […]

March 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
A Writer’s Tale

A Writer’s Tale

29 years. 36 books. Hardcover, trade, mass market and audio. eBook. Manga. Large print. Published around the globe.  Bestseller lists, international bestseller lists. And a soap opera—in Japan. When I look at all those accomplishments, the one that jumps out as truly my accomplishment is how long I’ve been writing and selling books. Happily, I […]

March 30, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Writing – and Parenting – In the Dark

Writing – and Parenting – In the Dark

I didn’t start writing seriously until 2013. Not because I was trying to develop my craft, or because I wanted to collect more life experiences, but because that was the year my youngest turned four, and up until then I hadn’t strung together three consecutive hours of sleep since 2005. As a single mother of […]

March 29, 2017 | By | 3 Replies More
How My Degree in Sociology Influences Me as an Author

How My Degree in Sociology Influences Me as an Author

I am often asked what inspires the books I write. Like many authors, my standard response is that inspiration can come from anywhere: a news story, a poem, a song, or a conversation I overhear on the street. But when I step back and consider this question from a broader perspective, I realize that what […]

March 28, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
After The Kids Are Gone, What’s Next?

After The Kids Are Gone, What’s Next?

When trying to decide what to write about next, I think about an issue or topic I’d like to explore and then figure out who is going to tell the story. My first book, The Good Life, examines the popular American belief that living a good life is dependent on material abundance, with a CEO’s […]

March 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Truth About My Memoir

The Truth About My Memoir

I’ve written articles and blogs and given many talks—both before and after my book was published—about why I wrote my memoir. It’s not that the reasons I talked and wrote about aren’t true; it’s just that they weren’t fiercely true. Accessing my truth hasn’t always come easy. Let’s just say the truth played hide and […]

March 25, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Bad Girls

Bad Girls

She’s just too mean. That’s the comment I heard from an agent about the protagonist in the manuscript that I was pitching about nine years ago. That’s fine, I thought. Different strokes, right? Then I heard it again from a different agent that I had queried: “She’s so mean. It makes me not care about […]

March 23, 2017 | By | 5 Replies More