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Eight Things I Learned in Relationship Boot Camp

Are you perplexed by the mystery of keeping love and intimacy alive in a relationship? Are you confounded by your partner’s behavior, or in despair that the relationship you have is not the one you thought you were going to have, or even what you want? Are you feeling deflated by the ending of a

September 3rd, 2016|Happiness, Love|

The Birth of a Novel, Part 8: Publicists, Brand, and Platform

The Golden Handcuffs: Once publishers (with or without literary agents) express interest in your manuscript for publication, it’s time to evaluate your legal rights, financial position, and the publicity needed to bring your work to the attention of the public. Regardless of the publication route you’ve chosen, you will need an author’s “platform” and a

August 24th, 2016|Publishing, Writing|

Book Review: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant Friend is the first of four novels in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Series. In it the childhood, adolescence, and close friendship of two girls, Lila Cerullo, and the story’s narrator, Lenuccia (or “Lenù”) Greco, unfolds. It is Naples, Italy during the 1950s. Highly intelligent and struggling to break out of the grinding poverty and

June 12th, 2016|Book Review|

Turning Your Day Job into Fiction

It’s no shock that most writers have “day” jobs. The average writer in the U.S. earns less than $10,000 annually from writing, according to The Authors Guild. We daydream about the elusive future in which we’ll write that break-out novel, all the while surrounded by rich material. So mine the field you’re in. Writers are

May 21st, 2016|Writing|

The Inspiration for a Legal Thriller

In June, 1977 my little daughter and I ventured to San Francisco to begin our new life. Soon after we arrived, the annual Gay Freedom Day Parade took place on Market Street, near the ratty apartment I had rented with my meager savings. I knew next to nothing about homosexuality or gay culture, so I

Book Review: Things Unsaid by Diana Y. Paul (She Writes Press 2015)

Painting by Laurel Derry Brandstetter, 2008 This wry, wise novel about coming to terms with conflicting family obligations in middle age also addresses the roles that pain and loss can play in awakening people, and in healing dysfunctional family patterns. Told in the third person, the protagonist is Jules, the oldest of three offspring of

May 17th, 2016|Book Review|