I don't write a woman any differently, really, than I do a man. I write women characters based on my own relationships, conversations, and related life observations and experiences...
That message to me from that reader is also no surprise in this sense: Insofar as I can tell, some "90 percent" of my readers have always been women.
I only buy a book because a topic and style interests me and, well, I would like to read it; I would buy it if it came to my attention regardless of whether I "knew" the author or not...
What I do want to do as a writer regardless is to seize and hold her reading imagination. Oh, and I write "her" there deliberately in particular because I know, based on my known readership, that some 9 out of 10 of my readers is "her," including even some 20-somethings like you.
I would not want any editor anywhere near me who believed anything approaching either, because clearly we are coming at this writing fiction thing from largely differing and even irreconcilable perspectives.
The observance of US (self-declared) independence day on July 4 always feels like something of an odd day here in the United Kingdom...
I am NOT deciding "Character A" will die, but merely state if we are witnessing "Character A" die.
Writing for a public audience is now in ways perhaps more "intimidating" than ever - because anyone in the world can be reading it within seconds.
Don't think we did not joke about this back then ourselves: Living as I did then in a New York City suburb, I recall my "friends" and I even then laughing about the absurd size of the characters' Manhattan apartments...
We (meaning all of us) simply need a new word for those who in the third-person singular assert to be neither "he" nor "she."
We need to bear in mind that even lying ugly treatises teach us something. If we are to try to understand those who think such ways, we need to read what they write.
Some readers approach this book thinking it is going to be some sort of Paris travel guide. It is not. It is about Hemingway's perspective and what he saw - and it centers on people.
Here are six "classics" I have read that are also among my favorite books - I can read them over and over.
Many of these below are not really "classics"... at least not yet. In any case, what do I think of them?