Category: writing

Read my review of The Rules of the Kingdom

Happy to see my review of The Rules of the Kingdom by award-winning Canadian writer Julie Paul up on the Prairie Fire website.

Ratio of rejection to acceptance: 21 to 3

Big news! Half-way through the year, I finally have some successes to report. The stack of books beside my bed includes two books that I have been tapped to review for The International Gay & Lesbian Review. And, Room, one of my favourite literary journals,…

Rejection Check-in

I could let this get me down. After all, my work has been rejected by 88% of the editors who’ve responded to me this year.

Have you read this? Joyce Zonana’s Brilliant analysis of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

In her 1975 manifesto, “The Laugh of the Medusa,” French feminist Hélène Cixous urges women to write: “Writing is for you, you are for you; your body is yours, take it. . . . Women must write through their bodies, they must invent the…

Hear, hear: Check out Halli Casser-Jayne’s podcast for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Halli Casser-Jayne is an engaging and insightful interviewer. In honour of Holocaust Remembrance Day last week she interviewed two talented authors of historical fiction about their most recent books: New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff (The Orphan’s Tale) and Jessica Shattuck (The Women…

Tracy Chevalier, Shakespeare and the merits of historical fiction

Chevalier, like me, never set out to write historical fiction. In her talk, however, she shared some of the reasons why she was (and is) drawn to write about the past.

For those who have been rejected

The writer’s life is full of rejection, and rejection hurts. Even when you court it. Today, after logging the 10th rejection letter of 2017, I am taking comfort in the words of Saul Bellow.

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