Tag: women writers

Radio Daze: How Working In Broadcasting Influences My Fiction

Radio Daze: How Working In Broadcasting Influences My Fiction

“Let the listener invent their own dragon.” I can’t remember who uttered this line, but it has stayed in my mind since last century, when I took a BBC News Skills training course in London. The nervy young broadcast journalists renamed it News Kills. Until a man in tweed came to our stuffy classroom to […]

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So You Want to Be a Detective

So You Want to Be a Detective

We writers are many things. Sometimes, our subjects make us into even more. When writing and promoting The Magician’s Lie, which features a stage magician as its main character, I did a lot of thinking about the similarities between illusionists and novelists. And to write my new book Girl in Disguise, inspired by the life […]

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Writing, Redemption, and Pop Music

Writing, Redemption, and Pop Music

My “difficult second novel,” as yet unpublished, bears the rather ambitious title The History of the World in Pop Music. It’s not actually a history of the world in pop music, it’s the story of a girl growing up in an Irish Catholic family in Liverpool in the 1970s who discovers that the stepfather she […]

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In conversation with Sonia Taitz,  author of Great With Child

In conversation with Sonia Taitz, author of Great With Child

  Having gone to law school and practiced law for several years, what made you decide to write books?  I was one of those people, common in the children of immigrants, who wanted to “succeed” in academics and my career without really knowing what I wanted out of life beyond that. I always loved writing […]

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Winning The Waiting Game

Winning The Waiting Game

One thing I never expected when I embarked upon my writing journey was how much time I would spend waiting. Waiting for word on literary submissions; for agents’ responses to queries; for editors’ feedback on manuscripts; for magnificent covers to announce my novels to the world; for reviews to catapult said novels to the top […]

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Women Writing the Erotic: Sexual Themes in Fiction

Women Writing the Erotic: Sexual Themes in Fiction

Love, yearning, loss, truth and deceit, freedom and constraint: these themes have long occupied a place in our literary canon. From classical literature, we’re familiar with the torment between Cathy and Heathcliff, and between Jane and Rochester. Within the subtext of these two classic stories of love, lies a narration of sex and sexual desire, […]

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It’s Not Rejection; It’s Feedback.

It’s Not Rejection; It’s Feedback.

I imagine the easygoing among us don’t remember their first time receiving constructive criticism; teflon, some people, or indifferent. Not me. In primary school the report card system was E for excellent, S for satisfactory, and U for unsatisfactory. I swam in a pool of excellence until the day I received an S in handwriting. By the […]

March 18, 2017 | By | 6 Replies More
Get A Real Job!

Get A Real Job!

Imagine asking a best-selling author for advice on your writing career and being told to get a real job first? Well, that’s essentially what happened on Twitter last week when Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series, started a bit of a controversy with this tweet: ‘English Major = Want Fries With That? Pick something […]

March 16, 2017 | By | 3 Replies More
Five Things I Did Wrong In My (First) Novel

Five Things I Did Wrong In My (First) Novel

Like many writers, my debut novel, Everything But The Truth,is not really my debut. I always feel like a fraud admitting that, but I am sure I’m not alone. The truth is, however latent your talent, however strong your drive, writing is a skill, and knowing how to write a book needs to be learnt, […]

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Writing The Dreaded Synopsis

Writing The Dreaded Synopsis

Some authors say that writing a whole novel is easier than writing a synopsis. I’m not sure I’d go that far, but I agree it sure as hell ain’t easy! Why is it so hard? There are a number of factors, I think. First, it seems so unfair that, having spent months or even years […]

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