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Womens Fiction

Betty Crocker, Carmela Soprano, and the Likeability Factor in Fiction

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 09.04.2014 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

My job here was done. Making characters as nuanced on the page as we are in real life is one of my priorities. Plus, readers bring their own experiences to fictional characters, to our stories, and to however authors' belief systems color our work.

When We Fall

Emily Liebert | Posted 08.28.2014 | Books
Emily Liebert

So when we moved to Westport and I was in the throws of writing my new novel When We Fall, the timing could not have been more serendipitous. I was able to explore the slippery slope of female friendship right along with Allison, the main character in my book.

A Recipe for Love: Renee Swindle's New Novel

Elan Barnehama | Posted 08.20.2014 | Books
Elan Barnehama

In Renee Swindle's breezy third novel, A Pinch of Oooh La La narrator Abbey Lincoln Ross, discovers that her artist boyfriend is having multiple affairs while watching a documentary about him at a film festival.

How Do You Write a Novel? By Listening

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.25.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

When people ask how I get ideas for my novels, I tell them that a writer's mind is like that junk drawer in your kitchen. You throw all kinds of things into that drawer: paper clips, rubber bands, business cards. Likewise, writers go around collecting snippets of dialogue overheard.

Becoming a Bestseller in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
John Feffer

When the book market opened up in East-Central Europe after the changes of 1989, readers naturally gravitated toward the books they'd been previously denied. Banned books became bestsellers.

'Women's Fiction?' 'Men's Fiction?' 'Human Fiction?' What Does It Mean?

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 07.13.2014 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

We don't need firemen and firewomen -- they're all fire fighters. And all those writers we love? We don't need to call the writer-men and writer-women. We can call them writers. And we can call the novels they write, just that. Novels.

What Kind of Fiction Do You Love to Read or Write? Maybe It's Time to Push the Genre Envelope

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Is my novel a mystery? Is it literary fiction? Yes, and yes. But it's still considered women's fiction in the marketplace.

Jennifer Weiner Is a Genius at Self-Promotion

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.08.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

How many authors of commercial fiction do you know who get huge, glowing profiles in the New Yorker? Well, Jennifer Weiner just did, as she continues to ride her successful hobbyhorse about not getting respect.

Stranger in a Strange Land: a Malawian Experience and the Novel Vuto

A.J. Walkley | Posted 09.16.2013 | Books
A.J. Walkley

When I think back on my first impressions of Malawi, Africa, setting foot in the country as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in 2007, I always come back t...

Jennifer Weiner's Latest Literary Feud

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.27.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

Weiner isn't just expert at giving her reading public what it wants, she's a master at creating controversy and making headlines by attacking noted authors in the news. It's a canny strategy guaranteed to boost her already high public profile. Midlist authors, take note.

Feeling Creatively Blocked? Change Your Clothes--Or at Least Shed Your Bra

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.28.2013 | Women
Holly Robinson

I just finished reading The Glass Wives, Amy Sue Nathan's moving and surprisingly funny new novel about a woman who ends up living with her ex-husband...

Can You Judge Your Book by Its Cover?

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.10.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Seeing your book cover for the first time is like waiting for that guy from Match.com to show up at the restaurant. You've laid out your expectations and supposedly so has he. But will he actually look like the date of your dreams?

Is Apple The New Supporter Of Women's Fiction?

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 08.15.2012 | Women

Apple may be the new Orange -- at least when it comes to supporting female fiction writers. The technology company may step in as the new sponsor for ...

Hey Writer! What's Your Brand?

Holly Robinson | Posted 09.30.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

When did writers start being brands? This question led me through a maze of other squirrely musings. If you write a memoir, are you forever a memoirist? What happens if a thriller writer dares to try his hand at romance?

'Mom Wrote A Book'

Jennifer Handford | Posted 06.23.2012 | Parents
Jennifer Handford

At this moment in time, I'm an author, a job title as inspired and dreamy as a veterinarian, fire fighter, plumber, or Dolly Madison truck driver.

The Caste System of Fiction

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 06.19.2012 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

I've read great books, good books, mediocre books, and books so awful they damaged my eyes, and it wasn't genre that determined their ranking. Which formative reading hours would I have lost if the book police determined my choices?

Book Covers, Backsides and Body Parts

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.30.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

In the book world, you can easily spot novels designed to attract women by the body parts and backsides on their covers. Don't believe me? Go to Amazon and you'll see what I mean.

250 Books By Women All Men Should Read

Joyland | Posted 08.01.2011 | Books

Esquire reposted a slide show of 75 books all men should read. The books are mostly fantastic and the headline phrasing didn't much bug us. After all,...

Lit Versus Commercial Fiction: Writer Wars?

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

It saddens me seeing writers buy into a class war. In today's market, lit looks down on commercial, which look down on genre, which eschew whatever is lower on the literary food chain.

FIRST TIME ANYWHERE: Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Weiner Speak Out Together

Jason Pinter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jason Pinter

Controversy broke out online over whether Franzen's star treatment was indicative of the literary establishment's alleged shoddy treatment of what is commonly referred to as 'women's fiction.'

Bestsellers: Girl vs. Woman, Demeaning Or Tired Of Talking About It? (POLL)

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In the UK paper The Guardian, Deborah Orr reports that the top five bestsellers on the Times of London list all had "girl" in the title: Steig Larsson...

Damned Mob of Scribbling Chicks

Joanne Rendell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Joanne Rendell

Women love books. It's a fact: we are the reading sex. We are the writing sex too. Yet, in spite of this, our books are often ridiculed, demeaned, or ignored.