Tag Archives: The Right Word

It’s got to be relatable and real: Lucy Holliday

By Roz DeKett Lucy Holliday has three books coming out in the space of a year, and they all rest on Hollywood icons. But far from being biographies of her chosen three (Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Grace Kelly) they … Continue reading

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We’ve all got a book in us: Elizabeth Jackson

By Roz DeKett Elizabeth Jackson’s second novel, Kicking Over The Traces, takes the reader through a dramatic year in the life of her gypsy heroine, Florence. When her mother dies, leaving Florence nothing but a red coat, she gives up … Continue reading

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Writing is about revision: the wisdom of Hallie Ephron

By Roz DeKett The battle with the draft seems never-ending. There’s nothing quite like taking a preliminary 70,000 words, pulling it apart and throwing out what doesn’t work, and realizing you only have 16,000 words  you can live with. For … Continue reading

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Enacting in safe spaces the dramas of our lives: Marc Zegans

By Roz DeKett “You seem to know a lot about humans,” she whistled, splashing with her hind flippers. “Perhaps you will write it all down for me.” These lines, from Marc Zegans’ poem The Underwater Typewriter (in his new collection … Continue reading

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Seeing the heart of the story: Melissa DeCarlo

By Roz DeKett Call it a seven-year itch of sorts. Because seven years after Melissa DeCarlo stopped writing (“I got frustrated … it was almost like I was resentful toward it”) she started again, and the result is her first published novel, … Continue reading

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Query letters to literary agents: Don’t be weird

By Roz DeKett Literary agent Janet Reid runs the Query Shark web site. There are some of my notes from her talk at the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City. I’ve posted about the right way to query literary … Continue reading

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Looking for the emotional truth: Maureen Gibbon

By Roz DeKett In thinking about Maureen Gibbon’s writing, I see similarities between her art and Édouard Manet’s painting Olympia, a detail of which illustrates the cover of her third novel, Paris Red. Victorine Meurent, the model for the painting, is the … Continue reading

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