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The Creativity Trinity – Truth|Empathy|Hope

The Creativity Trinity – Truth|Empathy|Hope

The most beneficial thing for me about living in an all-women’s residence hall in college was the sharing: I’ve never done that either! / Yeah, I did that too. Facepalm. / That happened to me too! I’d thought I was the only one. I’ve witnessed the same experiences at writers’ conferences and retreats and in […]

January 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
From Nurse to Novelist

From Nurse to Novelist

I wanted to be a nurse since I was a little girl. I never wavered on that. But writing…that didn’t come until much later. Now, well into my forties, my articles have been featured in many national magazines and my debut novel, Found, has taken flight. Many people ask me what or who has influenced […]

January 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
4 Truths That Will Change Your Perspective on the Writer/Editor Relationship, by Writer’s Digest Editorial Director Jessica Strawser

4 Truths That Will Change Your Perspective on the Writer/Editor Relationship, by Writer’s Digest Editorial Director Jessica Strawser

“You know how they say, ‘Those who can’t do, teach’? Is it also true, then, that ‘Those who can’t write, edit”?” A collective gasp sounded in the conference room reserved for our staff meeting. One of my editorial colleagues—a thoughtful, soft-spoken soul—was relaying the question that had all but sent her running red-faced from the […]

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In Praise of Bookclubs

In Praise of Bookclubs

One of the many unexpected pleasures publishing a book has wrought has been the opportunity to meet book clubs who have read THE LOST GIRLS. I’ve done this both locally and long-distance (via Skype) more than two dozen times in the six months since my book came out. I’ve visited book clubs down the street and […]

January 14, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Crime Fiction: Why I Love The Golden Age

Crime Fiction: Why I Love The Golden Age

I have always loved crime. I love reading about it. Fiction or non-fiction. Classic Golden Age mysteries to the intricacies of cyber-crime, polite tea with the vicar to the goriest thrillers. I love a crime story. I love the puzzles. I like the characters. I’m intrigued by the unusual methods. I’m excited by the chase. […]

January 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Oh Mostly Male.. What No Wait A Minute…. The Best Is Last

Oh Mostly Male.. What No Wait A Minute…. The Best Is Last

Helen Lederer is best known for her role as dippy Catriona in Absolutely Fabulous as well as creating the ‘Girl at the Bar’ in Naked Video. Her debut comedy novel Losing It (Sunday Express best new novels for women) was shortlisted for the PG Woodhouse Comedy Literary Prize as well as The Edinburgh First Book Award 2015. ‘Desperately funny, desperately engaging, […]

January 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Music To Write By

Music To Write By

I am a toe tapper. I hum, whistle, and sing along. I have even been known to conduct the radio, although I would not recommend doing so while driving a manual transition. When I began writing Magic Flute, I wrote the last scene first (something else I would advise against). At that moment, my desire […]

January 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Psychotherapy and Memoir: The Talking Cure and the Writing Cure

Psychotherapy and Memoir: The Talking Cure and the Writing Cure

  Without wishing to sound freakish or weird, I liken my vocation—writer and psychotherapist—to conjoined twins. Born in my midlife, they developed from the same fertilized egg, gestated in the same amniotic fluid, were nourished by the same placenta. They share the same interests, the same reading lists, and, dare I say, the same soul. […]

January 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Perpetually Baffled Author Seeks Clarity For Long-Term Writing Happiness. GSOH Essential.

Perpetually Baffled Author Seeks Clarity For Long-Term Writing Happiness. GSOH Essential.

‘Are you all right, madam?’ asks the shop assistant, eyeing me with concern. ‘You look a little lost.’ I offer her the practised smile of a woman who is asked this question on a regular basis. ‘I’m fine,’ I confide with a reassuring laugh. ‘I always look like this.’ She laughs too but there is […]

January 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing Syria

Writing Syria

Those of us who write are always more than just writers. We are parents, children, workers, volunteers, gardeners, tree huggers, high-flyers, low-flyers, all types of flyers. I am a writer who (sometimes) combines writing with social activism. In 2013 I became a volunteer activist for Syria Solidarity UK.  We work with refugee and other activist […]

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