My Writing Journey


The memoir Townie, by Andre Dubus III. Common sense. 12
I have been thinking a lot about common sense in recent years, including while writing my novel, reading the memoir, Townie, by Andres Dubus III, and using weights at a gym.

Common Sense


Our dog fetching stick in Mirror Lake. 11
Our dog hiking the trail with us. Mount Hood is in view. As my husband and I hiked up Tom Dick and Harry Mountain, next to 11,000-foot Mount Hood in Oregon, I struggled with monkey mind. Even the phrase "monkey mind" rebounded in my head along with other jumbled thoughts about violence against women, two movies, and my novel in progress. As I trudged, I mentally composed this, with only vague awareness of my surroundings. We'd viewed Ask Me Anything the evening before,

Terror and Tranquility


Suzy Vitello as Roxy Soulé 9
We creative writers—whether of memoir, poetry, screenplays, or fiction—unmask ourselves. It’s partly what impels many of us to write, our need to turn ourselves inside out for the world to see what we’re experiencing inside, and sometimes our need to try to empty ourselves of what’s itching us, or even […]

Author Vulnerability: Suzy Vitello to My Rescue!



Title of novel by Maureen Kay is Fracture, and this fractured boulder represents that. 19
A story has consumed a compartment in my brain for years. I finished the first draft of my novel a year and a half ago, and have been revising since then. I haven’t sent it to an agent or publisher yet because it needs to be the best I can […]

Fractured Boulder, and Why Fracture Is My Novel Title