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How Newspapers Inspire Fiction Writers

How Newspapers Inspire Fiction Writers

Historical documents can be treasure troves for fiction writers. We’ve all read stories based upon real historic events, or people, and no doubt some authors were inspired by historical manuscripts, either accessed in an archive, online, or in biographies. Letters, diaries, wills, government records – these are rich seams for writers to interrogate and use […]

May 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Romance Writers, You’ve Got to Own it!

Romance Writers, You’ve Got to Own it!

“Hi, my name is Densie and I write romance.” I could be a member of Romance Writers Anonymous, if such a thing existed. Okay, so maybe being a writer of novels with strong romantic themes doesn’t exactly carry the stigma of addiction, but it sometimes feels that way, especially when hanging with writers who have […]

May 21, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Procrastination? Just an Unwelcome Visitor

Procrastination? Just an Unwelcome Visitor

Every day, around 4:00 p.m., I get this craving to write, like others yearn for a cup of tea or a chocolate biscuit. Sometimes I manage all three. Though usually just tea and choc. Some folks say it’s writers block – I call it procrastination. It walks in, shuts down my laptop, follows my every […]

May 12, 2015 | By | 4 Replies More
The Importance of Being an Outsider

The Importance of Being an Outsider

There are two questions that people always ask me – first why I write about Cornwall (they inquire knowing I’m an American living in Dubai) and second how do you write about Cornwall if you’re not there (they assume it would be easier sitting in my Cornish home rather than in the villa in Dubai […]

May 9, 2015 | By | 4 Replies More
A Day in the Life of a Writer

A Day in the Life of a Writer

I would love to be able to say that I’m a full time writer, with an agent, PR officer and secretary to manage my career, organise promotion for me and type up stories I’ve dictated onto a voice recorder whilst sipping cocktail on a balcony (or reclining on a chaise longue Barbara Cartland style). However, […]

May 7, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
It’s Like Having An Alter Ego, But Harder

It’s Like Having An Alter Ego, But Harder

If you were to meet me on the good days, standing beside our minivans in the school parking lot, you’ll most likely see a woman wearing the uniform of an American suburban mother: boots zipped over jeans, hair that’s been flat-ironed too many times, dark sunglasses. On those good days, the ones where I behave […]

May 3, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Finding My Voice

Finding My Voice

I lost my voice during my second year of college. And then I found it again after the plane crash. Wait. That’s not exactly right. I didn’t find it again until YEARS after the plane crash. And to be accurate, I didn’t “lose” anything. I put aside my voice in a valiant effort to pursue […]

May 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
Reading Wuthering Heights With Juvenile Offenders

Reading Wuthering Heights With Juvenile Offenders

The idea that literature changes people’s lives is the premise of a program I facilitate through Fairfax County Public Library. It’s called Changing Lives Through Literature (CLTL) and it’s run in partnership with Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court and Fairfax Library Foundation. I work with first time offenders and girls in a […]

April 25, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
How to make the truth Palatable

How to make the truth Palatable

Toni Morrison said, “If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Those words gave me the kick-start. I’d read some second generation Polish fiction (mainly from the U.S.) and a vital ingredient was missing – Europe 1939-1945. Could I manage to depict those years […]

April 22, 2015 | By | 4 Replies More
A Day in the Life of an Editor

A Day in the Life of an Editor

When you, the tired, withdrawn author, come to me, the fresh-eyed, enthusiastic editor, and say, ‘I need help’ or ‘Something’s not working, but I don’t know what’ or ‘I’m receiving countless rejections’ or ‘I keep getting 2 star reviews’ or ‘I CAN’T GO ON!’, I’m quick to offer you a virtual hug because I recognise […]

April 10, 2015 | By | 10 Replies More