I’d been warned by my editor. She told me that as an older author I might have trouble finding an agent. She knew a Canadian agent who prided himself on never taking on a debut novelist over the age of 45. Continue reading
Category Archives: Debut Authors
From Wall Street to the Writer’s Life
Anne Elliott talks to Bloom about transitions: from financial analyst to fiction writer, from New York to Maine, from wanting the writing life to living it. Leah De Forest: You’ve been writing a long time. Can we go back and talk about what your life was like, say, twenty or thirty years ago? Anne Elliott: … Continue reading
Arrivals and Departures: Q & A with Estela González
Writing “Arribada” is a way of expressing my heartbreak about beautiful places loved yet neglected by their inhabitants; and at the same time, the undying hope, optimism, and courage people who advocate to save these places give me for the future. Continue reading
An Excerpt from Linda McCauley Freeman’s debut poetry collection, The Family Plot
A grey squirrel sits where the tree house was.
Broken slats nailed to the bark hang loose as if now
even the tree allowed no girls to ascend.
Tell It Forward: Q & A with Martha Anne Toll
My interest in fiction has to do with the way it gets to the emotional truths of our lives by uncovering the weaknesses and problems in all of us. More and more I am interested in fiction’s exploration of the ambiguities within which we humans live. Continue reading
I Couldn’t Give Up On It: Q & A with Steve Adams
One of my favorite things about writing is the discoveries, and I find the longer form of the novel forces you to discover a lot. Continue reading
Living Proof: Q & A with Michael Bourne
The longer you write, the better you get at reading and revising your own work. Writing really is 90% revision. Continue reading