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Mothers & Daughters

Mothers & Daughters

I am very close with my mom, and always have been. There have, however, been bumps in the road of our relationship. One of the bumpiest was after my senior year of high school when she sent me, against my will, on a wilderness adventure. I’d been a solid B+ student throughout school, but halfway […]

June 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
What Made Me Write About a Boy

What Made Me Write About a Boy

By Gail Godwin, author of Grief Cottage: A Novel The boy, the idea of the boy, had been with me a long time, but for years he was just “the boy.” It wasn’t until the early summer of 2014, the week of my seventy-seventh birthday, that I heard him thinking inside my mind. I was on […]

June 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Truth in the Lie or the Lie in the Truth: A Writer’s Childhood Diaries

The Truth in the Lie or the Lie in the Truth: A Writer’s Childhood Diaries

In my debut novel, SECRETS OF SOUTHERN GIRLS, the reader gets an up-close and wildly personal look at Reba’s life via her diary. It’s the one place where she can confess the many secrets she is too afraid to share with anyone else. That’s the purpose of a diary, isn’t it? I understand the allure […]

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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 […]

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WE’RE SISTERS, and that explains everything…

WE’RE SISTERS, and that explains everything…

Your sister can be the first person you call with news whether it’s good or bad or…she can be the last. Of course, there are always sisters who fall somewhere in between. But wherever you and your sister end up on the scale of the sister bond, the reasons are often complex and multi-layered. After […]

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Women’s Fiction With A Side Of Horror

Women’s Fiction With A Side Of Horror

When my youngest son was five, he loved the History Channel show MonsterQuest. I let him watch it without supervision, assuming it had to be fairly tame. He didn’t seem to be scared by it exactly, just a little…obsessed. At some point, he became aware that there were DVDs of all the episodes, and he […]

June 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Art of Co-Authorship

The Art of Co-Authorship

When we launched our website SomethingRhymed.com, we set ourselves a yearlong goal to research and write about a different pair of female writer friends every month. Well-wishers cautioned that we might struggle to find a dozen such duos, and this was something that worried us too. We knew all about Wordsworth and, Byron and Shelley, […]

June 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why Writers Need Social Media

Why Writers Need Social Media

I first joined Facebook in I think, 2007, so ten years ago! I can hardly believe it’s been so long. Twitter was a little later, around 2010. At the time, social media was all very new to me and I couldn’t really see the point of it, but now it has become an essential part […]

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Rebuilding Bodies & Souls

Rebuilding Bodies & Souls

Since the release of my novel, The Beauty Shop, a few readers have queried why I wrote a story about a beauty salon in WW2. It’s a topic of conversation that has raised many smiles amid an air of confusion. You see, the ‘Beauty Shop’ was the name given to the ward at the Queen […]

May 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Covering Your Assets

Covering Your Assets

  When you browse around in a bookshop or on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or wherever – what is the first thing you look for when choosing your next book? The author’s name? The amount of stars it has from reviewers? The book’s description? Or is it the book cover? I admit to often […]

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