Writing is hard.

It’s the kind of work that’s easy to avoid.  There’s no boss to answer to, not even co-workers for encouragement, competition or inspiration.  Just you staring at a sheet of paper or a screen.  Just you and the painful prospect of blankness.

Interview with Rosi Hollinbeck of The Write Stuff

I enjoyed a recent interview with author, reviewer and blogger, Rosi Hollinbeck, on her blogpot, The Write Stuff, about the art and craft of writing.

Sexting Scandal Unravels Family in “This Beautiful Life”

My review of Helen Schulman’s “This Beautiful Life” recently ran in the Washington Post. Schulman’s most accomplished novel is a sharply observed portrait of a contemporary family in crisis following a careless text by their teenage son…

Washington Post : “This Beautiful Life,” by Helen Schulman
August 1, 2011
By Mary McGarry Morris

It’s a brilliant beginning, turning the reader into a viewer, then a voyeur: “Her mouth filled the screen. Purple lip gloss, clear braces.” Giggling, 13-year-old Daisy is filming herself in the lava-lamp-lit privacy of her messy bedroom. Her seductive dance intensifies into an erotic striptease. She lifts up her skirt, “and the next part was hard to watch.”

Daisy e-mails the video clip to 15-year-old Jake Bergamot, a boy she’d “hooked up” with at an unsupervised party in her spectacular Riverdale home, where there’s plenty of booze and empty bedrooms. The brutal, painful fallout that results in this modern-day viral nightmare is all the more chilling because it is so easy…

Who’s Afraid of Women Writers?

I’ve just read “On Women Writers and V.S. Naipaul” by Francine Prose in Harper’s Magazine. Prose writes that, “ … the recent controversy about the Guardian interview in which V.S. Naipaul claimed that no woman was his equal and that he too could instantly sniff out that telltale estrogenic ink … has made it clear … that the notion of women’s inferiority apparently won’t go away.” She continues, “Of course, the idea that Naipaul imagines he is a better writer than Jane Austen would be simply hilarious if the prejudice it reveals weren’t still so common and didn’t have such a damaging effect on what some of us have chosen to do with our lives.”

On Writing

Recently, in an interview I was asked what theme in THE LAST SECRET links it to the rest of my novels.  The question seemed to suggest that a writer begins each work with a conscious sense of some overarching theme or proposition.  While I know that was the interviewer’s treating the seven novels as a cohesive body of work, it did get me thinking.

The Last Secret

My newest novel, The Last Secret, will be published on April 7, 2009.

The last few weeks before publication are always hectic, and this time is no exception. At this stage the hardest part is putting aside what I’ve been working on in order to give full attention to The Last Secret, a story that has intrigued me for a very long time.