From Delia Ephron’s memoir/essay collection Sister Mother Husband Dog… (etc) Our job as writers, as we begin that journey, is to figure out what we can do. Only do what you can do. It’s a rule I live by…. [I]f you only do what you can do, you never have to worry that someone else … Continue reading Smart Thoughts on Writing
With so much of my family on the East Coast, my trips back here from California become elaborate omnibus affairs, with so many craftily-designed stops up and down the eastern seaboard that I sometimes lose track and wind up having to pay megabucks for a last-minute Amtrak reservation (and worth every penny, needless to say, … Continue reading Reading on the Road, with Janet, Jane, Jo Baker, and my Mom
Over at Twitter, I’ve added my 2 cents to a discussion of a recent Salon.com piece on romance and erotica. And of course, I’ve also been writing my heart out about Regency romance at Goodreads. Here’s another sidelong contribution, a poem by a recent Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, who’d probably be surprised that I’m putting … Continue reading More on Why I Love Romance (when I do)
As my birthday approaches (tomorrow!) I’m once again struck by how totally Gemini I am: always of two minds, alternatively Pam the swooning romantic and Molly the shy p0rn0gr@ph#r. Two genres, two ways of shaping a story. On the romance side I see arcs of redemption, the closure and satisfaction of the HEA always immanent … Continue reading How to Read a Remarkable Work of Erotica: Greta Christina’s “Bending”
First the confession. That I’ve gone a little gaga over a recent modest spike in Carrie’s Story‘s Kindle sales. Have I been getting a little 50 Shades of Grey action for my own smart-girl-meets-moody-older-guy BDSM, w/a Molly Weatherfield, and going amazingly strong for a small-press book first published in 1995? Maybe. But since checking out … Continue reading A Confession. A Resolution. And a Rant.
I’m talking about Judith Ivory’s spectacular 1999 Edwardian romance, The Proposition, which I finally caught up with yesterday, opening it in mid-morning and finishing it by late afternoon while any number of tasks and responsibilities went undone. But not only does it pass the can’t-put-it-down test, but The Proposition seems to me some kind of … Continue reading How Did I Miss This?
Rereading one of my alltime favorite novels, Richard Powers’ Galatea 2.2. When this excerpt, one of the most romantically wonky I can imagine, stopped me dead in my tracks. We caught eyes. We looked for longer than either thought we should. For moment, looking felt like something that happened to you rather than something you … Continue reading To Share…
“Right after reading it,” Jennie says in her wonderfully positive DearAuthor review of Janet Mullany’s Mr. Bishop and the Actress I thought it was an A- (perhaps because my natural inclination is to think a straight A read requires more angst).” But, she continues, since a few weeks later the book has still stayed with … Continue reading Something for Everyone: A Comedy Tonight
My first response (besides sheer delight) to The Dangerous Viscount, my friend Miranda Neville’s latest book, was to want to take notes. Or outline it; make charts or graphs. Whatever it would take for me to figure out how she made something so light-hearted and entertaining so smart, believable, and wonderfully well-plotted. But for right … Continue reading Double Contest for Booklovers — Come Play With Us
No, not mine. Well, read mine too, but if you like historical fiction at all, do yourself a favor and get hold of a copy of Hilary Mantel’s spectacular, prize-winning Wolf Hall. I’m posting today at the History Hoydens blog about my experience of reading it: one of the pure deep pleasures to match my … Continue reading Read this Book!