You Don’t Fit (Anywhere); 5 Reasons That Might Just Be a Good Thing

I’ve never felt I fit. Anywhere. I grew up in rural Missouri, and as a young girl would obsess, “Where do I fit? Where do I fit? Where do I fit?” The phrase would ricochet around my skull like a pinball. I left Missouri as fast as I could; surely there were other places where […]

What is Your Personal Mythology?

What is your “personal mythology”? How can you tap into it, access the core of your beliefs, and unleash the energy to drive your novel or memoir? I came up with the term “personal mythology” when I was teaching writing workshops in Seattle. I found the easiest way to teach techniques like characterization, setting, and theme […]

Writing a Book in English When English Isn’t Your Native Tongue: Top 5 Issues

At Art of Storytelling, we work with dozens of writers all over the world who are writing novels, memoir and self-help books in English, when English is their second, third or even fourth language. Many international book authors are eager to write in English because they believe having a major American publisher will mean more credibility and a level […]

Finding your Passion: The Fear of Reprisal

My first novel, Earth, is semi-autobiographical, a fictionalized version of my childhood in Missouri. I was meditating the other day on how to increase book sales and was given this message: You fear reprisals. Your fear is holding the book back. This fear is universal. It keeps many from speaking their truth. It is even deeper than that. People […]

Writer’s Block: When Abuse is Used to Stop the Voice

I am in my counselor’s office in Portland, a pretty room on the top floor of a house. The slanted ceiling reminds me of my childhood room. You know how when some therapists do inner child work, they put a chair across from you and have you talk to your inner little girl? Well, I am having […]

EARTH Wins Independent Publishers’ Award

I’m so excited and honored to receive the Independent Publishers gold medal for Best Midwest Fiction for my literary novel Earth. http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1937#.VUp9znazGNY.facebook

May 2nd in Massachusetts

As an artist, both visual and literary, I’m fascinated with how artists are dealing with the current chaos. Ecological disturbances, global violence, the digital revolution that has opened us up to the entire world in an unprecedented way — how is this affecting artists? After the downing of a plane over Ukraine, I dreamed of people falling from […]