From settings to relationships to emotions, women's fiction taps my heart and imagination because it takes what I know and puts it through a strainer so I'm left with just the juicy bits. Because real life has boring parts and boring parts don't belong in novels. When I read or write something that makes me pause, I hit my "believe" button. For me, this happens a lot with male characters in … [Read more...] about Is Truth Really Stranger Than Women's Fiction?
I'm honored to introduce Keith Cronin, author of the novel ME AGAIN (September 2011, Five Star/Gale) to Women's Fiction Writers. ME AGAIN is women's fiction written by a man and written from a male POV -- just like many of us have mentioned, questioned and pondered right here on WFW. So, how does a guy end up writing women's fiction? What's it like to be the only fella in the room? How does … [Read more...] about When A Man Writes Women's Fiction
I've embarked on another round of revisions on my novel and you know what makes me nervous? Keeps the word doc closed? Lends to procrastination? Makes me write blog posts instead of clicking track changes? Sometimes I forget I like -- no, love -- my book! I forget my affection for the characters, the setting, the twists and turns, the thimble full of romance, the private jokes in plain sight -- … [Read more...] about Remembering To Love Your Own Story
I'm thrilled to introduce Jael McHenry, author of The Kitchen Daughter (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster, April 12, 2011). Did you see that? Her book launched two days ago! Isn't it a gorgeous cover? I digress. I first met Jael on Backspace. She's not only a talented writer but a generous one. It's great to welcome Jael as the first women's fiction author guest blogger on WFW. Under The Big … [Read more...] about Under The Big Umbrella (of women's fiction)