Tag: women writers

When To Take Advice And When To Trust Your Intuition

When To Take Advice And When To Trust Your Intuition

The first thing people spot when they step into my kitchen is a large painting tacked on the wall above the breadbin. ‘That’s lovely,’ they say. ‘Your son? He’s very artistic.’ They’re right on one score; my son painted it 20 years ago. He was about three. But lovely? That depends. It’s a simple, childish […]

March 29, 2018 | By | 2 Replies More
When Facts Become Fiction:  From Journalist in Rwanda to Novelist

When Facts Become Fiction: From Journalist in Rwanda to Novelist

Novels usually draw, to some degree, on personal experiences and historical research,  and memoirs have come a long way since the scandal of James Frey’s personal revelations being more fiction than fact. The blurring of lines between the real world and the imagined has been an interesting process for me during the eleven years I […]

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The Story of Infidelity: The Movie

The Story of Infidelity: The Movie

When Infidelity: a Memoir was first published in 2000, it was greeted with a starred review from PW, a paperback auction, sales in the UK and Australia, and a movie sale. As time went on, it went out of print. Dzanc Books decided to reprint it and a trade paperback will be on the shelves […]

March 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
When Fiction is Perceived as Fact

When Fiction is Perceived as Fact

My latest novel, Rituals of the Dead, came to be because I wanted to write a mystery about an Asmat bis pole. Considering the Asmat live in the Indonesian province of Papua, the setting for my historical mystery was easily decided. The premise was simple: my protagonist – an art history student in present-day Amsterdam […]

March 16, 2018 | By | 2 Replies More
My Road to Publication

My Road to Publication

I’ve always wanted to write, and even as a child I loved making up stories, and telling them to my younger sister. She would often ask if I could tell her one at night, to help her get off to sleep. Unfortunately, although, according to my English teacher, I had a good imagination, I was […]

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The Artistic Coma and The Arrogant Intellect

The Artistic Coma and The Arrogant Intellect

I’m a writer and a reader. I love all kinds of books. But I’m instinctively repelled by arm-achingly thick, academic-looking tomes that claim to be about the craft of writing. Those ones that include pie charts and Venn diagrams. I prefer to read words about words, am an admirer of the slender and concise, and […]

March 12, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
Historical Fiction Gives The Past A Voice

Historical Fiction Gives The Past A Voice

  I’ve long been a historical fiction junkie; it’s my favorite genre to read as well as my favorite in which to write. For me, fiction that that transports me backward in time lets me see in a very unique way not only where we have been but what it timelessly true about us. The […]

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Recharging Your Creativity Between Books

Recharging Your Creativity Between Books

Finishing a manuscript is never quite how I expect it to be. Elation wars with exhaustion; I always think I’ll want to shout to the world that I finished my book (for now at least, knowing inevitable revisions are coming) but I usually end up just going to sleep. During the final push of getting […]

March 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
A Dream of Writing

A Dream of Writing

Since releasing my debut novel, I have had quite a few interviews, and inevitably they ask the same question, “When did you know you wanted to become a writer?” If I answered with the statement, I’ve had this dream all my life; I’d be lying. The truth is, there was a story brewing in my […]

March 7, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
Cover Story

Cover Story

When my publisher asked if I had any ideas in mind for the cover of my new book, I’m not sure they were prepared for the Pinterest board I’d been adding to steadily for over a year!  I had eleventy-million ideas and couldn’t begin to think how they could all be distilled down to one […]

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