Writing a Woman's Life
How Women's Fiction Charts Our Course
Is it dangerous to search for an old flame you never got over? What if you find
him—and he doesn't remember you? In her captivating new novel, Susan
Shapiro—memoirist, novelist, humorist and writing teacher
extraordinaire—explores the perils of revisiting the passion of yesteryear. Lila
Penn leaves Wisconsin for graduate school in the big city, where she falls for
her professor Daniel Wildman. Decades after their tangled link, she arranges Read More...
In the coming months, I am going to be doing Q & A’s with a number of women’s
fiction authors. I think you’ll find their work engaging and their thoughts—on
writing, life and how to balance it all—fascinating. I know I did! First up is
novelist, journalist and celebrity ghostwriter Holly Robinson. Holly is the
author of several books, including The Gerbil farmer’s Daughter: A Memoir Read More...
My new novel, THE HOUSE ON
PRIMROSE POND, just came out from New American Library on February 2, 2016,
and I’m excited, happy and proud. I am also as busy as I can possibly be because
now that the book is done and has made its debut, I can’t simply bask in the
warm sun of pride and satisfaction—far from it. Instead Read More...
Choosing the professions of
characters is something I look forward to every time. I try to pick something I
am interested in, so I can write about it with conviction, passion and
sincerity. I would not, say, write about an accountant or a mathematician; for
me, math is a major irritant, like getting sand in my eye. So when it comes to
math, I have to take a pass.
I’ve certainly explored love in several of my novels—love between men and women
(and on a couple of occasions, between men and men) as well as husbands and
wives, forbidden, adulterous love and the soul-shocking, bring-you-to-your-knees
kind of love a parent can have for a child. But I had never written a novel that
explored and unpacked the process of falling in love—until Read More...
Small Goals, Big Results
Back in the late 1990s, before I had published my first novel, I had pocketful
of literary aspirations and a heart filled with dreams. I also had two small
children and a budget that precluded the hiring of a baby sitter or nanny.
Although I had the idea for a novel rumbling around inside me, I despaired of
having the time and emotional space in which to write it. The uninterrupted Read More...
Way back when I was an undergraduate at Vassar College, I majored in art
history. My classes were stimulating and exciting; my teachers interested and
caring. I loved my academic life and was an excellent student. Since I was happy
with my studies and did not have a clear idea about what to after I graduated, I
decided to keep on being a student. I applied to and was accepted by a PhD program
in Read More...
I categorize every single name I hear as better or worse than mine; I’ve been
doing this pretty much my entire life. I’d say ninety-nine percent fall into the
better camp but once in while, I come across a name that I actually think is
worse. (More on this later.) I have to say that I come by this name honorably
enough: I was born in Chadera, Israel, where if the name Read More...
You know the old line about not judging a book by its cover? Well, as
and writer I can tell you that it’s a big fat lie. We all judge books by
covers, especially when confronting a veritable tidal wave of them on the
shelves and tables of our local Barnes & Noble or indie bookstores. Book
instantly convey information about the kind of book and author we’re
considering. They whisper Read More...
Hello Fresh Fiction readers! My name is Yona Zeldis McDonough and I’ll be
writing a new column on Women’s Fiction for the site. I plan to define, describe
and discuss the term, as well as compare it to other similar terms and
categories. I’ll share my pet peeves and fave raves too. I do hope you’ll enjoy
the posts and keep coming back for more. And I also hope you’ll Read More...
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