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The Power of Nancy Drew

The Power of Nancy Drew

Literature adds to reality; it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. —C S Lewis Growing up in Sherwood Park, a sleepy enclave in Yonkers where nothing exciting ever happened, I was […]

May 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
What Does A Ghostwriter Do?

What Does A Ghostwriter Do?

When I tell people I’m a ghost writer I’m usually met with a bewildered smile, followed by the inevitable question: ‘What exactly does a ghostwriter do?’ Well, for starters, I can’t tell you what every ghostwriter does as we all tend to work differently and many of us have specialisms. For example, a colleague of […]

May 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Celebrating Grandmothers

Celebrating Grandmothers

For many people, when they think about women’s books, their minds immediately turn to books for and about younger women – a good romance, the joys and problems of young children, the difficulties of separation or divorce, even women and their developing careers. All definitely women’s reading. But a large percentage of women are well […]

May 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Writing When You Aren’t Writing

Writing When You Aren’t Writing

Any writer, and I assume many non-writers as well, have heard the sage advice, “Write every day.” At many times in my life, I have both agreed with the advice, and then, ultimately, admonished myself for not following it. Surely I couldn’t call myself a writer because I didn’t follow that advice. At my best, […]

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To Muse, or Not to Muse

To Muse, or Not to Muse

What I’m about to say is blasphemy in much of the writing world. Maybe it’s my pragmatism, my science background, my lack of belief in guardian angels, karma and fate, but—here goes—I don’t believe in the muse. In fact, whenever other writers talk about their muse being on a vacation or sitting on their shoulder, […]

May 19, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Deciding To Be A Writer

Deciding To Be A Writer

“Anyone who wants to say goodbye should come this morning,” said the voice. He was very clear that we should not leave it until the afternoon. The doctor had called about six in the morning to tell me that my mother was not going to recover from the pneumonia that had seen her stricken in […]

May 17, 2016 | By | 5 Replies More
Settings in the Shade

Settings in the Shade

He thinks of the beachfront as a veneer, shining and welcoming, yet just a few streets away, hidden behind the façade, this place is so very different. Beachside one would only find discarded candy floss wrappers, back in Doublestraat they are replaced with used needles and discarded cigarettes. Above is an excerpt from my novel, […]

May 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Anne Boleyn’s Last Hour

Anne Boleyn’s Last Hour

What if you knew you may die today, but you thought it was going to happen yesterday, and those plans had been changed? You wait, locked away in a tower—no communication with the outside world. The decision is to be made by your husband and the father of your only child, a daughter of less […]

May 12, 2016 | By | 11 Replies More
Zillah Bethell on Writing

Zillah Bethell on Writing

  Zillah Bethell’s novel Girl In Profile was inspired in part by artist Gwen John and her relationship with Rodin. Why did you choose to write about Gwen John and her experiences in Paris? I was researching Caravaggio for a short story and a book on Gwen John kept falling out of the library shelf, […]

May 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Know The Mother

Know The Mother

There’s a line in the title story of my collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother. It’s uttered by a daughter sitting beside her mother’s deathbed:  “She’s leaving me so easily,” the daughter says, “ I wonder if her love ever rose above duty.” People always ask writers whether their stories are autobiographical. If someone […]

May 9, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More