Posts Tagged ‘author’

Turning the Tables on a Bad Writing Day

Friday, October 11th, 2013

You can tell when it’s stacking up to be a bad writing day. You look at the list of non-writing stuff that needs to get done, throw up your hands and think, No possible way. Or the thought of whatever project you’re working on ignites that gnawing insecure feeling that hisses, YOU HAVE NO IDEA […]


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 […]


Where I Write: Authors on their Favorite—and Strangest—Work Places

Friday, December 21st, 2012

“Mom! Where are my cleats?!” This is not conducive to writing. Like interruptions to any work of focus, intrusions make the headlong forward motion of imagining a scene, dialogue, motive, setting, physical movement and internal turmoil grind to a screeching, asphalt scraping, brake-burning halt. Whether it’s emails, the ringing phone, or the work crew outside […]


Up Close and Virtually In Person

Monday, October 31st, 2011

I had been “visiting” book groups by phone for years. I’m always happy to do this—it never gets old hearing that people who are unrelated to me and don’t owe me favors chose one of my books over millions of others to read and discuss. Also, it’s usually really fun. It’s interesting to hear different […]