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Writing Recipes

Writing Recipes

According to a recent poll, 57% of families don’t eat together, and they eat in up to four different rooms. This has not been my family’s experience. The Mystic Cookfire: the sacred art of creating food to nurture friends and family (written by Veronika Sophia Robinson, and illustrated by Sara Simon) is a collection of […]

March 31, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Family Involvement in writing; Reluctant, Conscripted or Volunteered?

Family Involvement in writing; Reluctant, Conscripted or Volunteered?

‘Is writing, your family trade?’ was a recent question at a literary festival. I hadn’t thought of authorship that way before,  the answer probably  is ‘yes.’ My family has done the ‘word’ apprenticeship voluntarily, reluctantly or been conscripted. The family of a writer can’t help involvement in books, either reading them, inspiring or being captured […]

March 23, 2014 | By | 10 Replies More
This Is A Man’s World…Or Is It?

This Is A Man’s World…Or Is It?

Growing up as a tomboy, I didn’t understand the need to restrict girls to certain career choices, and boys to others. I wrote since I was old enough to crawl out of the womb, and the stuff I chose to write about was always a bit…non-girly. My first book, at the ripe old age of […]

March 4, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More
A Writer’s Confession

A Writer’s Confession

The wise say that inspiration strikes at the oddest of hours and in the most unexpected of places. They are right. Inspiration can be found in our dreams, in a cup of tea, in conversations, in public transport, or even in the middle of a natural disaster. And when you find that muse, there is […]

March 1, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
Do You Have to Suffer to Write?

Do You Have to Suffer to Write?

Famous authors are often distinguished by horrific childhoods, intensive suffering, depression or desperation. Think Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wolff. Memoirists notably mine their traumas like gold, exorcising demons along the way. Of course, conflict is the core of storytelling, and emotional conflicts are fiction’s treasure, but do you have to be miserable to write great fiction? Novelists […]

February 19, 2014 | By | 19 Replies More
Dear Me On A Bad Writing Day…

Dear Me On A Bad Writing Day…

Dear Me On A Bad Writing Day, I know how you feel.  I have been there.  Your heart hurts, right?  You feel terribly, horribly inept at this writing thing.  There is not a sentence you’ve written that you are proud of.  The best ones you wrote were the darlings you had to kill. You’ve contemplated […]

February 13, 2014 | By | 25 Replies More
Rosie Garland: From Mslexia Novel Competition to Harper Collins

Rosie Garland: From Mslexia Novel Competition to Harper Collins

This month, three judges decide the winner of the 2nd Mslexia Unpublished Novel Competition. Someone is about to receive a life-changing phone call. Two years ago, I was that woman. I never imagined I would be. Fairytales are for other folk. I’d lost faith in my writing ‘getting anywhere’: indeed, I’d lost faith in my […]

January 31, 2014 | By | 17 Replies More
The Scenic Detour to Being a Novelist

The Scenic Detour to Being a Novelist

I wanted to be a writer. Always. Yet when I was graduating from college, I remember sitting on the steep back stairs to the yard of my family’s house in Johnstown, Pa, and thinking “I can’t do it. Who am I fooling? I could never be good enough to get published.” It didn’t help that […]

January 29, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More
Who Publishes Tales From the Edge?

Who Publishes Tales From the Edge?

Writing from the edge of the world, wanting to tell our stories, our many stories that are also part of the romance, the history, the poetry of the world, it is not so easy to make ourselves heard. Even as globalization continues to be a buzz word, it is the unique particularities of lives everywhere […]

January 27, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Literary Friendships

Literary Friendships

We have always felt fortunate to have found each other. Ever since meeting as young English teachers in rural Japan, when we talked of our literary ambitions over bowls of noodles and bottles of Asahi, we have shared both the uphill struggles and delightful discoveries of each other’s creative journeys. But we only recently realised […]

January 24, 2014 | By | 12 Replies More