I published my newest novel, Haven Lake, in April, and I have another book scheduled for publication in October. Yesterday, I started a new manuscript—my fifth book under contract with NAL/Penguin Random House. I have experienced more success as a novelist than I ever imagined. So why is writing every new book harder than
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Whether you’re an aspiring writer pitching a book idea to agents, or a seasoned author whose editor expects a synopsis for each new novel, creating a synopsis can feel like the worst writing you’ve ever done. That’s because it IS the worst writing you’ve ever done. Imagine summarizing one of your favorite classics
Even the doctor was shocked when she saw me last week. “You poor thing!” she said, shaking her head. That’s not what you want your doctor to say to you under any circumstances, but she had a good reason: I came into her office looking like The Elephant Man’s ugly little sister. One
Like most writers, I spend hours alone and doodling on my laptop, even on Saturday nights. Until recently, I had zero interest in fist-bumping people on social media, preferring to spend my time on fiction rather than fall down virtual rabbit holes. Publishers, however, have a different idea. These days, they expect authors to master
The year I turned thirty, I nearly died trekking over a mountain pass in Nepal. This was the same 17,769-foot pass through the Annapurna Circuit where, in October 2014, an unexpected snowstorm took the lives of nearly 40 people. My adventure could have turned out just as badly. I had gone to Nepal to meet
I’m not sure there’s enough wine in the world to launch a new novel without the jitters. Luckily, writers have lots of people cheering us on. I’m not only talking about our mothers and spouses, but about our booksellers, librarians and readers. They’re the ones who make us feel as famous as Kim Kardashian, even