Tag: women writers

From Multiple Rejections to #1 BestSeller

From Multiple Rejections to #1 BestSeller

Typically, the word rejection carries a negative connotation. It might conjure feelings of inadequacy and subsequent withdrawal for some, or strengthen in others the will to overcome whatever the obstacle or hurdle to stand in the way of achieving a perceived goal. Most authors encounter rejection in some way, shape or form in their pursuit […]

December 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Shades of Brave In Memoir

Shades of Brave In Memoir

If you write memoir or personal essay you’ve no doubt heard this: You’re so brave. As if memoir is about confessing to having had certain feelings or experiences. When I first began publishing personal essays, I understood the comment but was perplexed by it because it seemed so far from my intentions. I didn’t feel […]

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Fictional Characters to Murder or to Marry

Fictional Characters to Murder or to Marry

Actually, I found this a worrying exercise for it turned to be much easier to find a character to do away with than to marry. In my teenage years, I badly wanted to kill off Jane Austen’s Emma for she was ‘handsome, clever and rich’ and I was most definitely was none of those things. […]

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The Writing Is The Best Part

The Writing Is The Best Part

Many people tell me that they’ve always wanted to write a book but don’t think they could actually do it.  I always encourage them to try.  Each of us has a story to tell, it’s just a matter of finding the time.  What I don’t tell people is this: The writing is the easy part.  […]

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Playlists: Music as a Portal to the Past

Playlists: Music as a Portal to the Past

Ever hear your high school prom song and land square on your butt in the middle of the dance floor wearing that poufy confection with shoulder pads you thought looked awesome in the 80s? Or tear up when your wedding song plays on the oldies station at the hair salon? Or maybe reminisce about the […]

December 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing Biography: How Obstacles Made Me A Better Writer

Writing Biography: How Obstacles Made Me A Better Writer

Invariably, the first question I get asked at book signings is how did I learn about Louise Arner Boyd and why did I write about her? While it’s difficult to identify that exact moment when the spark was lit and I committed to writing her life story, it all began in the remote wilderness of […]

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On Deadlines

On Deadlines

A little over a month ago, at the end of October, I agreed to write this piece about deadlines. At that time, my editor was expecting me to deliver a draft of my new novel by Christmas. As I type, there are two and a half hours left until the end-of-November deadline for this article […]

December 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Living With Your Characters

Living With Your Characters

I was lucky enough to meet the legendary Iris Murdoch, years ago. I was one away from her at a dinner table and when the man between us left for a moment, and being in the early stages of a first novel, I leaned over to ask if she could possibly give me any tiny […]

December 3, 2017 | By | 3 Replies More
Oversharing….Or Being Authentic

Oversharing….Or Being Authentic

My mother had a wise old saying… “Keep your own counsel.”  Some decades ago, personal information was kept private. We didn’t discuss politics, religion or how much money we made. That was distasteful. Today, encouraged by social media, we are more open and willing to share. For women who suffer from abuse, this can be […]

December 2, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Dear Mr Bezos…

Dear Mr Bezos…

Dear Mr. Bezos: Your net worth just passed $95 billion. A mind-numbing number. Do you ever pause at a price tag? Worry over paying the bi-annual property tax? Waver between buying gas for your car (or paying the electrical bill for the Tesla) and taking mass transit? Or, as most authors do, use the blank […]

November 30, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More