A story I am particularly proud of is "shortlisted"—that is, the editors told me they liked it and wanted to hold it longer—with a paying online journal. This particular story had been shortlisted three times before, each time by a journal that pays professional rates and does not allow simultaneous submissions. As a result it [...]


I had been reading The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan in the bright pink paperback cover before my drawing class started at 7:30 in the morning. My instructor began screaming at me that the book had ruined his best friend's marriage. Somehow I knew, without knowing, that there had been some other reasons for the [...]


My query-letter pitch: Imperfect Patience*, a literary novel of about 76k words, follows a woman’s odyssey beyond grief. It is a novel of love overwhelming adversity. Thena Justice was building a new life near Seattle after the death of her mother and breakup of a terrible marriage when her former husband murders the neighbor-babysitter and [...]


My husband and I don't do Twitter. I have a Pinterest account, but no one in our family does the other social media. But for nine or ten years, maybe longer, I was on Facebook. I had over 1600 "friends." They are actual friends, family, former students, former classmates, artists and writers. I began phasing [...]


The process of sending written work—stories, essays, poems—to editors and agents who represent authors' work is called "submission." Just now, I am submitting a complete novel. The novel concerns a women who marries unwisely, suffers mightily, and must find a way to remake her life. It might sound like a metaphor for my writing life. [...]