WRITING

We Are Not Labels

We Are Not Labels

Once upon a time, I was a bad-ass lawyer. Clients from all over the world came to me to buy and sell companies in the Netherlands. I could swing my big dick with the best of them. Often, I was the only woman in the room and an Asian American at that. If that was […]

July 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
A Wrinkle in my Time-Line

A Wrinkle in my Time-Line

“What are you reading?” My friend Tina was a bit of a bookworm; that was one reason why we were friends. But this was the first time she’d taken a book out to read every break time and lunch time, sloping off to the edges of the school field where footballs and nosey friends wouldn’t […]

July 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Notes on the Flesh: An Arab Disability Narrative

Notes on the Flesh: An Arab Disability Narrative

“The MRI itself was an uncanny and strange experience. I had never been in that machine –it was very much like a white coffin. You get wrapped up in a blanket, like a baby, or a dead baby…Whatever happens, you cannot move” (Alshammari, 39) There is usually a strong and clear distinction between academics and […]

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HOW TOs and TIPS

A Very Good Place to Start

A Very Good Place to Start

People always like me to start from the beginning – the good old ‘once upon a time’ approach. ‘Tell us,’ they say. ‘How did you first get into writing?’ The truth is, I was sixteen years old and I had to do a school project. So off I went to Grafton Street, bought a book […]

July 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Moving from Fact to Fiction

Moving from Fact to Fiction

Working as a journalist is more than a job: if you do it long enough, it becomes a state of mind. True to the cliché, you suspect everyone does have a story to tell.  And with each story you hear, real life appears more outlandish than the most melodramatic plot.  Most of all, when you […]

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Who Influences You?

Who Influences You?

When I think about the authors who have influenced me, I have to go back in time—to my early teens—when I started reading gothic novels from authors like Daphne du Maurier and Charlotte Brontë. I loved the idea of a heroine coming to the house of a family she didn’t know and finding out all […]

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AGENTS

Q&A with Literary Agent Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Q&A with Literary Agent Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Patricia Nelson joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2014. She represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction, and is actively building her list. In general, Patricia looks for stories that hook her with a unique plot, fantastic writing and complex characters that jump off the page. On the adult side, she is seeking women’s […]

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Q&A with  Evan Gregory, Senior Literary Agent  Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency

Q&A with Evan Gregory, Senior Literary Agent Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency

Evan Gregory began at Ethan Ellenberg in 2008. He is currently expanding his client list. He has widespread interests including: FICTION – Horror, Mystery, Thrillers, Science-fiction, Fantasy, Women’s literature. NONFICTION – Arts, Cinema, Photography, Biography, Memoir, Business, Investment, Cooking, Food, Wine, Health, Diet, History, Nature, Ecology, Parenting, Family, Politics, Current affairs, Pop culture, Entertainment, Science, […]

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Q&A with Literary Agent Christopher Rhodes of The Stuart Agency

Q&A with Literary Agent Christopher Rhodes of The Stuart Agency

Prior to joining The Stuart Agency, Christopher Rhodes was an agent at The James Fitzgerald Agency. Previous to that, he worked at The Carol Mann Agency and in the sales and marketing departments at Simon and Schuster. Specializing in literary fiction and nonfiction, Christopher is actively seeking queries in the following areas: literary fiction and […]

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MARKETING AND PUBLISHING

Social Media: To Share Or Not To Share?

Social Media: To Share Or Not To Share?

In this golden age of social media, I still find it a bit of a novelty that I can tweet my favourite author.  Even more so on the occasions when they tweet me back! Having this kind of direct access to an author would have been unimaginable just 20 years ago.  Back in the old […]

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Covering Your Assets

Covering Your Assets

  When you browse around in a bookshop or on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or wherever – what is the first thing you look for when choosing your next book? The author’s name? The amount of stars it has from reviewers? The book’s description? Or is it the book cover? I admit to often […]

May 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to Build a Better Book Launch

How to Build a Better Book Launch

You have worked your heart out to write your book, sweated, been anxious, revised, revised, revised, researched, then sweated some more, revised again, copy edited, argued with designers over the book cover and at long, long last…you have a finished book. Congratulations! Now, how to give it a coming out party, to help it debut […]

SHORT STORIES

Here’s Why: Short fiction by Anne Leigh Parrish

Here’s Why: Short fiction by Anne Leigh Parrish

Here’s why. You slump, shrink, curl down in your seat, never stand up straight. As if an arrow might pick you off. Not an arrow, a bullet. Not a bullet, a blow. Not a blow, words. Not words, looks. Here’s why. You’re a freak. Four inches in one year? Your father’s colleague says he keeps […]

May 20, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Short Fiction: The Gingerbread Man by Judy Pollard Smith

Short Fiction: The Gingerbread Man by Judy Pollard Smith

“Where are you off to? “ Sally had asked me. I felt a bit guilty I must admit. I was supposed to be home boning up for my job interview in the morning. I really wanted the job at Kelly and Hart Publishing and I don’t know where my head was when I agreed to […]

February 26, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Short Fiction: A Sliver of Ivory by Vanessa Lafaye

Short Fiction: A Sliver of Ivory by Vanessa Lafaye

He wanted you to have this. It was written with exaggerated clarity on a scrap of paper, as if the author was unsure of the reader’s grasp of English. The torn paper, rather than a proper card, another signal from the sender. It was signed Elaine, with a rounded, buxom capital E. On the padded […]

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INTERVIEWS

Q&A with Catherine Ryan Hyde

Q&A with Catherine Ryan Hyde

Catherine Ryan Hyde is absolutely one of the most bold-faced names we’ve interviewed here at WWWB. She is the author of 32 books and counting, including ALLIE & BEA (Lake Union, 2017), SAY GOODBYE FOR NOW, LEAVING BLYTHE RIVER, ASK HIM WHY, WORTHY, THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS, TAKE ME WITH YOU, WHERE WE BELONG, WHEN […]

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Interview with Smadar Herzfeld and Translator Aloma Halter

Interview with Smadar Herzfeld and Translator Aloma Halter

Smadar’s Herzfeld’s novel Trail of Miracles, translated by Aloma Halter, follows Gittel, a Ukrainian, Hasidic, Jewish woman as she makes a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage and discovers the unique gifts she brings to the world.  The lyric beauty of Gittel’s voice will mesmerize readers into following her on her Trail of Miracles. Smadar, I am curious about […]

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All The Best People: Interview with Sonja Yoerg

All The Best People: Interview with Sonja Yoerg

New York Times bestselling author, Chris Bohjalian, writes that Sonja Yoerg’s All the Best People contains “Not just the best people, but real people: authentic, quirky and troubled. I cared for them all.”  I couldn’t have said it better.  Yoerg immerses us in family in crisis; instead of looking away, we become invested in their […]

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Recent Essays

Recommended Reading: Not Your Mammy’s Books

Recommended Reading: Not Your Mammy’s Books

Despite so much that’s terrible these days it’s a wonderful time to be a writer and a reader. Amidst growing attacks on the truth, and the maniacal scapegoating of fake news, there’s burgeoning honesty, bravery, inclusion, and revolution in fiction, and in particular Irish women’s fiction. Irish literature—once dominated by men, suppressive norms, and scenes […]

July 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why I Switched From YA to Middle-Grade Fiction

Why I Switched From YA to Middle-Grade Fiction

Let the record show that I didn’t start out writing middle-grade fiction. I started in young adult, and had three books published in that category before trying my hand at a younger age group. So, why did I switch? What was the draw for me to suddenly drop the angst and excitement and budding romances […]

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why I write, by Phaedra Patrick

Why I write, by Phaedra Patrick

A lady came along to a library event I delivered recently (I don’t know her name so I’ll call her Mrs Miggs) where she proceeded (rather nicely) to list a few things she didn’t really like about my debut novel, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper. Please believe me that this doesn’t happen often! Readers, […]

July 12, 2017 | By | 3 Replies More
Republishing My Indie Book: Not Just An Ego Trip

Republishing My Indie Book: Not Just An Ego Trip

Self-publishing my book felt like giving birth in a bar. The atmosphere was unwelcoming, the people who assisted were incompetent—so much so that I felt I was doing it alone on a cold, cement floor reeking of cigarette smoke and liquor—and the product (had I not designed the cover, hired a professional editor, and done […]

July 11, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
An American Road Trip ‘Playlist’ of Books, by Helen McClory

An American Road Trip ‘Playlist’ of Books, by Helen McClory

When I started writing Flesh of the Peach I was struggling to live and write in New York. One summer, I decided to take a research trip by bus to where Sarah Browne, the novel’s immigrant protagonist, settles herself against her own failures: New Mexico. The journey took over 2,000 hungry, dirty, beautiful miles in […]

July 10, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
The Creative Unconscious

The Creative Unconscious

There’s a lot to be said for writing to a plan or outline. Words emerge much faster if we know where our characters are going and what they’ll encounter along the way. But there’s a downside to approaching our work with an overly rational mindset. Too much order and we lose the capacity to amaze […]

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