Tag: women writers

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
Transformations: From Brain Injury Survivor to Writer

Transformations: From Brain Injury Survivor to Writer

It didn’t even occur to me write about it. It wasn’t as if it was an important part of the story. In fact, it was practically irrelevant. Yes, I had thought of suicide, but I didn’t have it in me, as I’d told the neuropsychologist who was evaluating me after my brain surgeries. I have […]

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Book Babies or Book Lovers?

Book Babies or Book Lovers?

I know a lot of women writers who also happen to be mothers. It’s not unusual for them to refer to their books as their “babies.” After all, they conceived the idea, became a bit faint and nauseous during the writing process, faced insecurities and fears about their abilities to actually follow through and do […]

November 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Where Do I Find Books To Read?

Where Do I Find Books To Read?

Discovering new books to read is becoming increasingly difficult in the current book market—at least for me—and I don’t think I’m the only one who’s feeling that way. Lately, I’ve seen posts on social media from frustrated readers begging for book recommendations. They claim they can’t find anything that’s holding their attention and that everything […]

November 28, 2017 | By | 4 Replies More
A Pantser’s Guide to Turning Rough to Ready in one Pass

A Pantser’s Guide to Turning Rough to Ready in one Pass

I have tried, Lord have I tried, to plan out a novel before tackling the actual writing, but after nine novels, I think it’s safe to say, I’m a die-hard pantser.  For those who don’t know, a pantser is an author who dives into drafting without a plan, flying by the seat of her pants. […]

November 27, 2017 | By | 3 Replies More
Combining First Person Narration with Viewpoint Characters: Why? How? Where?

Combining First Person Narration with Viewpoint Characters: Why? How? Where?

  While once upon a time the use of the first person narrator in fiction was seen as “barbaric”, that time is long past. It is now a popular narrator voice, and it fits well with the feminist opposition to so called “objective” knowledge—something embodied in omniscient third person narrator. Moreover, we are all keenly […]

November 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Can We Have It All?

Can We Have It All?

As I sit down to write this blog, I ask myself the two questions I often have to answer. The first, do I want to do it? The second, do I have time? The response I generally come to is this… If I want to do it, I’ll have to make time! Like so many […]

November 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nevertheless, She Persisted

Nevertheless, She Persisted

My novel The Mermaids of Lake Michigan was published earlier this year, but I completed the first draft of it almost twenty years ago. When it was finished, I printed out sample chapters, typed up cover letters, and began querying literary agents via airmail. I still have some of their replies, typed up back then […]

November 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
My Writing Process (or Lack of One!)

My Writing Process (or Lack of One!)

I always feel a bit guilty when people ask me about my writing ‘process’. It’s the same when people ask me about Game of Thrones. Confession: I don’t really have one and I’ve never watched a single episode (sorry GOT fans!). Basically, I just sit down somewhere – anywhere – and write. I don’t even […]

November 20, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
How Working with a Critique Group can Improve your Manuscripts

How Working with a Critique Group can Improve your Manuscripts

I wrote my first four novels without any outside input up to the point when I sent the second draft to a small group of pre-readers, made more changes and then on to my editor. Then I moved home from London to the English south coast and started work on novel number five, which became […]

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