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My Writing Space

My Writing Space

It was cheaper than a divorce. This past summer I came face to face with a huge dilemma: My writing space had been invaded by an alien—the dreaded non-writer husband. As writers, we need our own space. It’s a right of passage. A given. An essential part of this crazy puzzle we call writing. You […]

February 19, 2017 | By | 8 Replies More
A Book Is Born

A Book Is Born

Shortly after retiring, I decided that my children and grandchildren should know a bit more about my life, just in case they ever wondered how I came to make some of the choices that had affected it. I began by writing the love story I was still living with the man who had become my […]

February 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Mary Quaile: Why Don’t We Know About Her?

Mary Quaile: Why Don’t We Know About Her?

I am from a working class Irish family in Manchester. My parents –  like many who came over and settled here – brought with them an oral tradition, and  when our extended family gathered together in our small living room,  they told stories, sometimes sang and danced,  and often argued!. When I started scribbling stories […]

February 5, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Displacement And Writing

Displacement And Writing

Displacement is a central theme of my novel ‘Le Chateau’. The heroine, Charlotte is an Australian,  living as an expatriate in France. But Charlotte is no ordinary expat, she has suffered an accident and cannot remember the past five years of her life. The life she returns to post hospital is very different to her […]

January 25, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Writing My Way to Self-Care

Writing My Way to Self-Care

“This book grew out of a desperate plea to myself to figure out a way to take care of me, as I felt I was literally gasping for breath while being swallowed up in the sea of motherhood.” –The Self-Care Solution Most authors embark on their writing journey with a similar mission—to create something that […]

July 12, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Deciding To Be A Writer

Deciding To Be A Writer

“Anyone who wants to say goodbye should come this morning,” said the voice. He was very clear that we should not leave it until the afternoon. The doctor had called about six in the morning to tell me that my mother was not going to recover from the pneumonia that had seen her stricken in […]

May 17, 2016 | By | 5 Replies More
An Inherited Obsession

An Inherited Obsession

My debut novel, Vintage, revolves around friendships between women of different generations. The shared interest that binds them is a love for vintage clothes. The idea for the book grew out of my own obsession for fashion, which I inherited in large part from my mother and grandmother. I grew up in a distinctly ordinary town […]

February 18, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
How to Tackle the Writing Wall

How to Tackle the Writing Wall

My first encounter with the running menace known as “the wall” happened at 1:00am on a humid July night in Wakefield, Massachusetts. My sneakers were slapping sandy pavement littered with discarded paper cups. The taste of the twilight summer gnats thronging Lake Quannapowitt was still fresh between my teeth. In the sixth hour of the […]

May 15, 2015 | By | Reply More
Write for Victory!

Write for Victory!

Apologies in advance for starting this post with a negative thought, but it has to be said: there is a lot of disappointment in the business of writing. It is an inescapable part of the job which can make it difficult (to say the least) to keep moving forward, to keep trying, to keep writing. […]

March 18, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
Dear Me On A Bad Writing Day…

Dear Me On A Bad Writing Day…

Dear Me On A Bad Writing Day, I know how you feel.  I have been there.  Your heart hurts, right?  You feel terribly, horribly inept at this writing thing.  There is not a sentence you’ve written that you are proud of.  The best ones you wrote were the darlings you had to kill. You’ve contemplated […]

February 13, 2014 | By | 39 Replies More