Tag: women writers

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, […]

March 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
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 | 2 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, […]

March 9, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
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 […]

March 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
My Writing Process: From Idea to Published Book

My Writing Process: From Idea to Published Book

By the end of this year, I’ll have ten books on the shelves, in two genres and two separate series. Yet, every single one of them started with some kernel that excited me – a “What if” that spiraled into 60-100,000 words. For the latest book in my Profiler series, the kernel came from several […]

March 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
From Publisher To Writer

From Publisher To Writer

  It was a long held dream of mine to write a novel. In fact I attempted it several times before finally realising my dream. The problem was I never truly believed my writing was of any merit thus resulting in many unfinished manuscripts, which were unceremoniously consigned to a drawer that was rarely opened. […]

March 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Challenges of Writing Women’s History

The Challenges of Writing Women’s History

When I began work on Heroines of Mercy Street I assumed that there were already lots of books on the subject and I feared that there wouldn’t be anything new for me to say. After all, everyone knew what Civil War nurses looked like, right? In fact, I was wrong on both counts. Nurses on […]

March 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing Team Spirit

Writing Team Spirit

Writing a book is a wonderful, yet often lonely business, especially when writing a book about togetherness and the power of camaraderie, like The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. After spending days laboring in front of a laptop in an empty room, I can quickly become fraught with plot-related anxieties, character qualms, voice worries, and that omnipresent […]

February 23, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
If Not Now, Then When? If Not You, Then Who?

If Not Now, Then When? If Not You, Then Who?

Let’s face it. No matter which stage of life we’re at, there never seems a good time to do that one thing that we know we want to do: the right time to have children, change jobs, go back to school, or…write that novel we’ve been wanting to write for the last twenty-three years. Why […]

February 20, 2017 | By | Reply More