“Women, Be Strong”

A couple of weeks ago, I had the interesting experience of being interviewed by one of the local papers, MyVillager. The interview was, of course, via zoom, but the photographer came to the house. I was so amazed when they contacted me, and, of course, very flattered. MyVillager used to be called The Highland VillagerContinue reading ““Women, Be Strong””

Looking for Mr. Goodbod

I had breakfast with a dear friend this week. She asked about what I was working on these days, and I confessed to having 3 under construction: the BIG one, the short one, and the steamy gag one. The BIG one is my main priority. Most of the research is done, I’m about 2/3 ofContinue reading “Looking for Mr. Goodbod”

Struggling with the news

One of my favorite things about being a writer is that ability to lose oneself in one’s creative world. I count on that experience to make the stories I tell real. The world I am describing becomes, in so many ways, the world I inhabit to the exclusion of the real world. My husband usedContinue reading “Struggling with the news”

Word Count

This afternoon was spent prepping The Pomegranate for submission to an award scheme. I had been nominated by another author who thought the criteria matched the book perfectly. The FAQ was read and re-read to make sure I had everything lined up according to the guidelines provided. I filled out endless forms, verified the preferredContinue reading “Word Count”

The Eye of the Beholder

I usually do not cross post from The Wifely Person Speaks, my current events blog, but because of this week’s topic I would be remiss in not posting a link here. The topic, as you might imagine, is book banning. Banned in Boston used to be a code for salacious literature unfit for young teens.Continue reading “The Eye of the Beholder”

Strong Women, New Matriarchs

Heidi Slowinski wrote a terrific blog post about the women of modern Jewish literature: The Next Generation of Matriarch: Feminism in Jewish Literature. Truth be told, I’d not given much thought to this topic, but now that she mentioned it, I find I’m thinking about it more and more. Of course, putting THE POMEGRANATE rightContinue reading “Strong Women, New Matriarchs”

Slash and Burn Editing

Admitting that I hear fictional people talking led to an avalanche of email. I think some writers are too shy to publicly admit they hear characters, too. They’ll just have to get past the shame of thinking they are crazy. They are not. Speaking of characters talking, Petey and Rico are annoying me. Nor areContinue reading “Slash and Burn Editing”

Book review: Penis Politics

I now know more about Karen Hinton than I ever expected to know. However, the trajectory of her life is a textbook study of everything that is wrong about how We, the People once inculcate girls in these here United States. Notice the present tense. It has not stopped. Yes, the book is filled withContinue reading “Book review: Penis Politics”

I Hear Fictional People Talking…

Now that THE POMEGRANATE is up and running, the time has come to turn my attention to what’s next. Truth be told, there’s a little red dot folder on my desktop labeled consider. In there, one can find all manner of things and thinks that just might have potential. First lines, poems that go nowhere,Continue reading “I Hear Fictional People Talking…”

There was this map…

People keep asking me about the map over the character list in THE POMEGRANATE. It’s really its very own story, one of those quirky things that happen when you’re researching a book. This story begins with me needing a map of medieval trade routes in the Mediterranean basin to figure out travel times and routes.Continue reading “There was this map…”