• writing

    Shelving Anna

    Persuading Anna was my first completed fiction manuscript. It started life as an attempt at “Literary Women’s Fiction.” “Wait – doesn’t your bio say you write comic romance?” Yes, reader, it does. Thank you for allowing me to put words in your mouth just this once. I promise I won’t do it again. I had a lot of ideas about what I might want to be if I became a writer. I went to a prep school that cranks out amazing writers like Susan Minot and Sebastian Junger. As such, I was terrified of doing anything that wasn’t “serious.” I…

  • general book stuff,  writing

    Let’s talk about critique

    There are a lot of articles going around right now about critique and a lot of them are very good. I’m going to try to address the power and the pain of critique from a slightly different angle. Because emotional response to critique is where 99% of the rubber ceases to meet the road in my experience. Who am I to talk about this? I was an actress in a past life (like, seriously, I haven’t been on stage in 26 years, but I was an actor for 11 years*), and I am here to tell you that being critiqued…