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[REALITY CHECK] - What Does It Mean to Go Mainstream? by LeTeisha Newton

Posted by Zetta Brown on October 6, 2015 at 6:44am 5 Comments

As promised, this week on [REALITY CHECK] is the follow-up post of LeTeisha Newton's "Interracial Writers and the Problems We Face."

If you write about or have a cast of interracial and/or multicultural characters and fear of being typecast or finding yourself on the receiving end of (unwarranted) criticism about your characters and your credentials to write about them, LeTeisha's previous post raises the questions: "What can you do about it?" and "What do you mean by mainstream?"

Read this post and see how LeTisha has found a way to reach a broader audience without limiting herself to genre--or demographic. It's a simple solution and…


The Blank Page: 3 Tips for Starting Something New

Posted by Kamy Wicoff on September 29, 2015 at 3:07pm 5 Comments

My first novel, Wishful Thinking, came out in late April, but as any of you who have published books traditionally know, that means I finished it nearly a year before that, and had done most of the heavy lifting, writing-wise, even longer ago. It has been years, in other words, since I was caught up in the maddening, wondrous, joyful struggle that is writing a book, and I am more than ready to dive back into it. Having been in "promotion" mode for the last six months, which sometimes feels a bit like being in a really loud bar trying to be heard as you talk and talk until your voice gets hoarse (though don't get me wrong,…


The Art of Submission: On the Importance of a Writing Tribe

Posted by Emily Lackey on September 30, 2015 at 11:35am 5 Comments

I read a short essay recently by Janis Cook Newman about holding regular writing dates in her house. Once a month she and a group of writing friends gather in the same room to write quietly together. Her tribe, she calls them. The essay stresses the importance of creating that kind of community as a writer, and I couldn't agree more. But when it comes to writing, sitting around in a circle while everyone else is frantically inspired does not sound like fun to me. 

I love the idea of the type of tribe that Newman suggests we all have, but I seriously doubt the logistics of it. As a wirter who has been apart of more writing groups that have fallen apart than I care to consider, I've come to…


5 Questions with Diane Chamberlain

Posted by Kristin Bustamante on September 22, 2015 at 2:23pm 4 Comments

Diane Chamberlain is preparing to release her 24th novel, Pretending to Dance, on Oct. 6, 2015. We had the opportunity to chat with the author of acclaimed novels like The Silent Sister (I'm STILL talking about this one!) and Necessary Lies.  

1. What was your biggest fear about writing and how did you overcome it?

I still grapple with my biggest fear, even as I begin writing my twenty-fifth novel. That fear is “Can I do it again?” Whenever I begin thinking about what to write next, I’m still in love with the book I most recently finished. Right now, I’m in love with Pretending to Dance. I love how it turned out. I love the depth of the characters and the twists and turns of the story, and I anxiously wonder if I can do it again. I’ve dealt with this fear every year of my career and so far, I’ve managed to…


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When something doesn't go your way, instead of getting upset, screaming and yelling something like "Why me?" stop and ask yourself if there's a reason for it. Was there something you could do better? Do you need to go in a different direction? Is what you're doing really right for you?

In those…

My Washington Post essay on why I don't want to get married

I'm thrilled to have my essay, "I love my boyfriend, but I never want to get married" up at The Washington Post as part of their Solo-ish section.

'Cinderella's Shoes'

Posted the short and lovely animation, 'Cinderella's Shoes':



  All of us have writers that we admire and love, who's talent, career paths and success we'd so want to repeat somehow.

  I must confess, I envy them all, starting from Jane Austen to Ernest Hemingway.  I envy every single sentence they wrote. Every brilliant, mind-blowing, enchanting opening paragraph they produced. I envy their talent. I envy Hemingway for  living in Paris in the first half of the last century and I envy all those people who knew him or…


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