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Musings

posted on: Aug 29 2017

On Writing the Secrecy and Shame of Women

  This article originally appeared August 23, 2017 in Book Riot In the middle of my life, I learned that two women I was close to kept deep secrets. At my mother-in-law’s funeral, an old friend of hers approached to tell my husband that he had a...

posted on: May 10 2017

Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Read Literary Fiction

      Let me take a moment and talk a little bit about genre. This is essentially a marketing idea, a guide to where you might find the books you like to read in your favorite bookstore. What are you drawn to? Mystery? Romance? Historical novels set...

posted on: Feb 28 2017

Moving Out & Moving On

After thirty years of living in our charming, leaning, creaky-floored Victorian, we’re moving on. Seattle has become too crowded for us, too busy and loud. It’s a city for younger people who don’t mind hauling groceries down the block because their parking spot vanished while...

posted on: Oct 19 2016

Swallowed By The City

My favorite childhood story, The Little House, both warmed and saddened me. How sweetly it first stood there, on its grassy knoll, how tragically it was swallowed by urban sprawl. The house was ultimately moved to a new open space where it could be happy....

posted on: May 23 2016

At a Crossroad – Again

  Until five years ago, I felt like the most successful writer in the world. After struggling with the short story form for almost a decade, things fell into place. I published regularly. I won awards. I made very little money, but I had a very...

posted on: Apr 25 2016

Writers and Self-Censorship

originally published March 7, 2016 in Women Writers, Women's Books Writers should not be censored. I think everyone can agree on that. The whole idea of censorship conjures an image of stern political enforcers, combing through every line of poetry and prose with an eye to...

posted on: Dec 07 2015

Advice You Won’t Get In A Writing Program

  originally published in Manhattan Book Review, December 7, 2015 Let me begin by saying that you will learn a lot in any good creative writing program. The most important of which will be what questions to ask as you craft your narrative. Every facet of writing...

posted on: Oct 19 2015

I PUBLISHED MY BOOK! NOW WHAT?

  originally published on October 19, 2015 in Women Writers, Women's Books Once upon a time my writing life centered on writing, getting a short story published, writing another story, and so on. It went this way for decades. People asked me from time to time why...

Truth and Lies About Self-Publishing

  This article originally appeared on August 25, 2015 in Women Writers, Women's Books.  Some say self-publishing is the greatest invention since sliced bread. Others say it’s ruining the industry. A lot of people have weighed in on this hugely popular phenomenon. Now, it’s my turn. I’ll...

posted on: Aug 04 2015

Overcoming Writer’s Block

originally published August 3, 2015 in Prose We’ve all had it, that moment when nothing comes to mind. Our words stare back at us, asking to be fleshed out, continued, fulfilled, and we can do nothing to help them. Our protagonist has gotten herself stuck firmly...