Carrie Fisher was my second cousin. I never met her. I had emailed a few times over my writer-lifetime, but to the best of my knowledge she had nothing to do with her father, Eddie Fisher's family. I was never looking for a high-profile connection, just a regular one. I never expected a reply, and the relationship had again been relegated to party banter and Amy-trivia. (It's about all I've … [Read more...] about It’s Always About Writing, Princess
Hi friends! It's been three weeks since I've posted here, but I have a good excuse, I promise. I sold the house in the Chicago suburbs (which was a six month process I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy) where I'd lived for eighteen years, where I'd had the worst of times and the best of times; where I raised two kids and three dogs; where I wrote three novels. I arrived in Jenkintown, … [Read more...] about Where In The World Is WFW?
When The Glass Wives was published in 2013, I was taken aback when some readers said my novel was an easy read. I'd spent FOUR YEARS writing it. Sentences were painstakingly composed. Characters were crafted from the inside out. The manuscript was edited, revised, rewritten, and then edited again. Others said it was a light read. So I wondered--how many grieving children does it take to write a … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Author Karin Gillespie Struggles With Literary Snobbery
I've made up plenty of pen names for myself, though I never plan to use them. This is part of me being a planner, a just-in-caser. I've used family names, my kids' middle names, names I never named my children. Seems like it would be freeing and fun---maybe also confusing. Today, Sarah Stonich aka Ava Finch shares the story of her pseudonym with us! What would you do? What's your maybe pen … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Embracing My Pen Name by Sarah Stonich/Ava Finch