Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Saturday Night Widows...

I've been sitting in on some writing lectures this week. The topics are generally familiar, but it's always good to spend some time talking and thinking about the various elements of the craft.

One of the topics that was discussed during a lecture I attended yesterday was a goal each writer should have--daring to be brave. This might mean writing about a difficult or controversial subject, but more often it simply means daring to write with honesty.

Any writer knows this is not an easy task, and that's why I'm so proud to share news that my editor, Denise Roy, and five other amazing women have dared to write honestly and to share their experiences in a book that comes out today. My congratulations to all of them and best wishes...

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Hands On Research

While writing UNTIL SHE COMES HOME, I tried my hand at making pierogi as it was a staple for my characters in 1950s Detroit. 


Had I simply read about the process in a cookbook, I wouldn't have known how sticky the dough can be if not mixed just right. 


I wouldn't have poured the potato-water down the drain and had to boil another half-dozen potatoes. 


I wouldn't have experienced the pitfalls of rolling the dough too thin and too thick, and I wouldn't have discovered what happens when one does not properly and thoroughly crimp the dumplings.

Had the process gone smoothly and without all of these missteps, I wouldn't have had much to write about. 


Thankfully, I gave myself much material.