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Writing In The Dark

Writing In The Dark

It is rare that an author decides to remain anonymous. This probably attracts speculation as to why an author would hide behind a pen name and not reveal biographical details about herself. In two famous cases of anonymous women writers, Belle de Jour and Elena Ferrante, their identities were finally revealed. So far, the people […]

February 3, 2018 | By | 3 Replies More
Between the Lines  By Nancy G. Shapiro

Between the Lines By Nancy G. Shapiro

The persevering spirit that compelled me to write The Book of Calm flows from a daily awareness of awakening to both beauty and turmoil. When the contradictions clashed, I kept hearing the question, “How do I embrace these two realities?” Amazingly, my connection to this paradox has been strong, resilient enough that the book stayed […]

February 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Writing From The Heart

Writing From The Heart

As writers and poets, we leave a little piece of our heart wherever we go. In our stories. In our characters. In our book research. In the corners of our homes. In our tea. In our coffee. In our cells. In our pores. In our loved ones. In our rejections. In our writing nooks. Our […]

February 2, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
Writing Crime Close to Home

Writing Crime Close to Home

A disturbing true crime inspired pieces of my first novel, The Weight of Blood: in the small town where I attended high school, a teenage girl was held captive by a man and his wife for six years—a victim of human trafficking—and none of the handful of people who knew about it did anything to […]

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Musings On Short Story Versus Novel Writing

Musings On Short Story Versus Novel Writing

Twenty-five years ago, on the train home from my teaching job in New York City, I found a way into the short story I was trying to write. I was lost, the story would start. This would be both a physical description of where Clare, the protagonist, was – lost with three friends on I-95, […]

January 30, 2018 | By | 2 Replies More
Things I Finally Know About My Writing

Things I Finally Know About My Writing

I’m 72. When I was eight years old, I wrote my first story. It was a miniature comic book starring a budgie bird. Now, this was no accident, since we actually did have a budgie named Billy. However, my story’s budgie was different, since I turned him into a her. Yes: I wrote a feminist […]

January 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
Behind the Scenes of Daughters of the Night Sky

Behind the Scenes of Daughters of the Night Sky

I begin the author’s note of Daughters of the Night Sky by admitting I am not a pilot, am not an expert on Russia, and had never really had more than the passing interest in World War Two than most history buffs share. Even with these challenges, it was a story I was compelled to […]

January 27, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
Inspiration Behind The Lydiard Chronicles

Inspiration Behind The Lydiard Chronicles

My first inspiration for writing The Lydiard Chronicles — a best-selling family saga — was Lucy Hutchinson. She was an extraordinary 17th Century woman; one of the first to be recognized as a writer and intellectual. Lucy was also my ancestress, and thus even more intriguing. After reading the book she wrote to clear her […]

January 27, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
Let’s Talk About Rape

Let’s Talk About Rape

If anybody told me a few years ago that one day I would be sharing my story, giving TV and radio interviews and writing a book I would never have believed it.  But on 22nd September 2014, I decided to share my story publicly and it was posted on the website of The Forgiveness Project […]

January 25, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
Reaching New Audiences

Reaching New Audiences

Before I became a professional novelist and after I left my previous corporate law gig, I spent several years on the executive team of a start-up company, Hybrid Mom, helping mom entrepreneurs and designers tell their stories and market innovative new products. Originally a print magazine, Hybrid Mom moved into the e-commerce world in 2009 […]

January 25, 2018 | By | 2 Replies More