RSSCategory: On Writing

Why I Wrote Grief Works

Why I Wrote Grief Works

Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, and Surviving (Scribner; January 16, 2018; https://griefworks.co.uk) – is a warm, compassionate guide to grief and grieving by prominent UK bereavement expert Julia Samuel. Samuel – close friend to the late Princess Diana and godmother to Prince George – has spent 25 years working with the bereaved as a […]

January 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Let Writing Be the Cure

Let Writing Be the Cure

Writing is my passion, my therapy, and the way I process the world. Even as a child, I lived in my own headspace with stories that allowed me to imagine a bright future with alternating happy endings—depending on whether I wanted to marry Donny Osmond or become the next Charlotte Bronte. After my young son […]

January 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Writing to Process Trauma, by Elizabeth Moore

Writing to Process Trauma, by Elizabeth Moore

A few months after my daughter Cassie died, I stumbled upon a chat room for suicide survivors. All the participants had recently lost a loved one to suicide. In all my years of being a registered nurse and helping patients’ families cope with grief, I had never seen such raw and tortured emotions as those […]

January 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
Interview with Anna Quinn, Author of The Night Child

Interview with Anna Quinn, Author of The Night Child

Anna Quinn’s breathtaking debut novel examines the impact of traumatic childhood experiences and the fragile line between past and present. Exquisitely nuanced and profoundly intimate, The Night Child is a story of resilience, hope, and the capacity of the mind, body, and spirit to save itself despite all odds. We’re very excited to feature her here on […]

January 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
Inspiration Behind The Welcome Home Diner

Inspiration Behind The Welcome Home Diner

If you’re the last person to leave Detroit, don’t forget to turn off the lights. This is the first sentence of my new release, THE WELCOME HOME DINER, and contemporary Detroit was the primary inspiration behind writing this book. There were other motivating factors—insight into the food business, personal intimacies—but I’ll get to those later. […]

January 14, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
The Unglamorous Part Of Writing

The Unglamorous Part Of Writing

Writing is a solitary profession and extremely unglamorous. When I write, I need zero distractions: no Twitter, dirty dishes, Rightmove, eBay, Netflix or wine. In order to finish my book, I knew I needed to remove myself from all of these things, which is how I ended up in a rudimentary cabin on the moors, […]

January 13, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
On Writing The Tattooist Of Auschwitz

On Writing The Tattooist Of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on an incredible true story. Those words are stamped on the front cover of my book. What they don’t say is how finding and telling a true story can change the life of the writer forever. Let me tell you about Lale Sokolov. You can read his story in […]

January 12, 2018 | By | 2 Replies More
When Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction . . . and Then Becomes Fiction

When Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction . . . and Then Becomes Fiction

My book began as a list of men’s names scrawled on the back of a cocktail napkin. I was at drinks with friends, relating the details of my latest Match.com dates. I’d been dumped before the first kiss, donned full HAZMAT gear on a third date, and, been set up with another date’s mom. I’d fallen—hard—for a […]

January 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
Crossing The Lines Of Genre Fiction

Crossing The Lines Of Genre Fiction

As an author, there are many reasons to incorporate more than one genre in your story. We all know that life isn’t one dimensional, so books shouldn’t be either. A bit of humor, mystery and romance all add to the fabric of a book. Life isn’t all one thing or another. It blends sorrow and […]

January 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Why Do We Write Romance? By Sara Dobie Bauer and Em Shotwell

Why Do We Write Romance? By Sara Dobie Bauer and Em Shotwell

Sara Dobie Bauer Author of the Bite Somebody series and Enchanted trilogy contributor Well, for the sex, obviously. Just kidding—sort of. All stories of every genre should be about people relating (or not relating) to other people. In romance, you get to make two fictional characters do the most amazing thing possible. No, not sex. […]

January 10, 2018 | By | Reply More