Archive for March, 2013

The Healing Power of Fiction

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The best fictional characters are the ones we would be friends with if they weren’t so … you know … fictional. Not to say our favorite book-friends are perfect—their shortcomings are what make them intriguing. Their struggles become our struggles, as we hope, page after page, that they find some way through the morass of […]


Desperately Seeking Anne Tyler: Starting a Novel and Looking for Inspiration

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

I’m about to start writing a new novel and I’m slightly terrified. What makes it so gut-twisting scary? I really have no idea. I’ve done it before and survived without any noticeable scars. In fact, once I’d started it was rather pleasant. I love spinning a story, birthing the characters who will best tell it, […]