The Place I Write About: How Obama’s Cuba Policy Shook Up My Novel

Friday, September 25, 2015

One of the big challenges of being a political writer of controversial topics is that the political foundation for your work-in-progress can suddenly shift. When legislative or policy changes happen—even positive ones—it can rock your fictional world. For example: I write sex worker characters who struggle against the legal barriers to making a living. I agree with many activists that consensual adult sex work should be decriminalized. However, if decriminalization…


Confessions of an MFA Dropout…Who Eventually Finished

Friday, September 18, 2015

I have been loving the MFA conversation this week. The fact that I get to weigh in last feels almost like taking a test where I’ve been able to look over everyone else’s shoulder… In my 20s, I began a low-residency MFA program–which shall remain nameless–in New England. It had an all-white faculty, and a focus on literary fiction. Although I was writing literary fiction at the time, it was…


Sex, Books, and Politics: The Inspiration for my Feminist Heist Novel

Friday, September 11, 2015

What an honor to be joining the Debs class of 2016! Thanks to the founders and all the wonderful women writers in the previous classes who have paved the way for us. Female authors, although we are often overworked and underappreciated, are still some of the most generous people on the planet. It is a joy to be joining this tribe. Mommy, where do novel ideas come from? My kindergarten-age…


The New Debs: Please Welcome the Class of 2016!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Please return next Saturday for the Deb class of 2016’s first guest, Carolina De Robertis — author of THE GODS OF TANGO — and a giveaway! We’re excited to announce the new blog schedule as of Monday, September 7th. We know the 2016 class will continue the Deb traditions in fine form, and we look forward to following their journeys over the next year! So please join the fabulous 2016 Deb Class next…