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I Am Subject: We Write What We Need to Learn

I Am Subject: We Write What We Need to Learn

Meet US Author Diane DeBella. She’s is our Site Sponsor through early June 2014. Her book “I Am Subject” is highly relevant to each of us as women, and as women writers. It is about being subject of our own lives, not objects, not adjuncts to the lives of others. Stay a while. Linger here and […]

April 19, 2014 | By | 19 Replies More
Failure First, Success Second

Failure First, Success Second

I failed at getting my first novel published and I stopped writing. I wrote a young adult science fiction novel while also playing Division I college basketball at the University of Richmond. Writing helped me cope with the various pressures and expectations in athletics and academics. Working on that story allowed me to escape when […]

April 8, 2014 | By | 9 Replies More
A Treasure of Letters

A Treasure of Letters

Years ago, I discovered a trove of letters in my backyard.   I had just become the owner of an old house and when I went to clear out the weed-choked yard, I found, hidden in a broken-down shed, a steamer trunk.  The trunk was sagging with rot but still tightly closed and sealed.  When […]

March 18, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
Book Review: Elaine Neil Orr –  A Different Sun

Book Review: Elaine Neil Orr – A Different Sun

A Different Sun by Elaine Neil Orr “Overseer say whippin’ wasn’t enough.” “Enough for what?” “To make an impression.” The word sounded like something that bears down and changes you forever. “It’s good you cry,” Uncle Eli said. Do you remember  Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness? Author Elaine Neil Orr’s A Different Sun is a […]

January 15, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
An American Bride in Kabul by Phyllis Chesler

An American Bride in Kabul by Phyllis Chesler

An American Bride in Kabul by Phyllis Chesler   We’re excited to bring you another book – this one by the noted feminist and author of Women and Madness, Phyllis Chesler.  “The dramatic, riveting, and timely tale of how one woman’s harrowing ordeal in a harem in Afghanistan shaped her into a modern feminist leader […]

November 20, 2013 | By | 8 Replies More
Slavery, Race, Feminism and Literature

Slavery, Race, Feminism and Literature

WWWB’s Anora McGaha asks a few more questions of Professor Elaine Neil Orr of NC State University, author of Gods of the Noonday and A Different Sun. Although Elaine Neil Orr’s novel arises in the context of a Southern slave owning family in the 1800s, she shines a light into highly relevant dimensions of race […]

November 11, 2013 | By | 3 Replies More
Impulsivity, Fear and Flash

Impulsivity, Fear and Flash

Impulsivity is something that doesn’t really work in the publishing world. We are wisely warned to be patient, to practice and hone our craft, to ask for as much feedback from other writers and editors as possible before pressing send or wrapping our bundle into a FedEx envelope. And yet, three weeks ago I felt […]

November 6, 2013 | By | 9 Replies More
Under “A Different Sun” – with Elaine Neil Orr

Under “A Different Sun” – with Elaine Neil Orr

US Author and Professor of English at NC State University, Elaine Neil Orr [ENO] answers WWWB’s Anora McGaha’s [WW] questions about A Different Sun her first novel telling the story of a US slave owner’s daughter who marries a missionary and moves to Africa, where her worldview is turned upside down. – Anora McGaha, Editor […]

November 1, 2013 | By | 4 Replies More
How Can I Get My Memoir Published

How Can I Get My Memoir Published

After you have toiled and tinkered and revised for ages, and you feel you finally have a strong manuscript, you begin to wonder how on earth to get your book into print. It goes without saying that that is a tough world, and even really top literary manuscripts fail to find a New York publisher. […]

October 25, 2013 | By | 7 Replies More
Learning to Fall

Learning to Fall

Between summer and winter, we are in fall, a season I have found particularly advantageous for writing.  The earth tilts away from the sun, our light source.  Yet though the days grow shorter, the light appears longer across the ground.  With this particular slant of light we begin to turn inward like plants do.  We […]

October 8, 2013 | By | 14 Replies More