Writing is frustrating, difficult and maddening. Writers are frustrating, difficult and maddening. I think our reputation as mad and/or drunks is well deserved.
But we keep at it, why?
No matter how difficult the work, how awkward and unmanageable the manuscript or how awful the characters are or how badly behaved the sentences are: I am happy because I have a book to work on. I am happy because I am involved in a creative project.
We all long to create meaning. Working on a book, even thinking about a book gives my daily life meaning. Writing may not deliver … Read more
Our on-going interviews with Cool Authors, Cool Books
Dorothy Hearst author of The Wolf Chronicles
We have said before that for some authors, characters demand their stories to be written. Dorothy would agree. Dorothy writes about wolves.
I gave their story absolutely everything I had. There is something so humbling about having been given the gift of a great story idea. I felt so grateful but also a little stunned. I wondered why me? Why did they come to me of all the people in the world, when I’d never written anything before? Once I’d accepted the challenge, it felt … Read more
We say the words, make time. We can’t make time. I try in my Future Girls books to make time, to travel back and forth changing up everything. It’s fun in fiction, not as easy in real life – so to speak.
In a conversation with Beth Barany, she asked, how do I make time for my writing.
And I had the epiphany that I don’t make time at all.
But I do protect it.
I do schedule part of the day for writing, for being creative.
And that’s the making of time I suppose. I make time for writing.… Read more
We’re hosting the Blog Tour for fellow Caliburn Press author Barbara Winkes and her new book, Amber Alert
Barbara discusses her road to publication.
I had always been writing, and it had been my dream for a long time to hold my own book in my hands—when it finally happened, the story leading up to it could have been from a romance novel itself. I fell in love and less than two years later, I moved across the ocean and got married.
You can imagine that this process involves lots of paperwork which, of course, is less romantic. I couldn’t … Read more
Cool Books, Cool Authors:
Julia Park Tracey
Julia writes novels and edits her Great Aunt’s Diaries.
I’m glad I’m alive” Doris Louise Bailey, a teen in the Prohibition era, writes this sentiment over and over in her diaries as she struggles with a life-threatening bout of scarlet fever. But it’s also an apt summation of how she lived in the years following her brush with death. Reaching for the Moon: More Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen (1927-1929) contains Doris’s true-life adventures as she flirts with boys, sneaks sips of whiskey and bets on racehorses – breaking rules and hearts … Read more