Doris Betts – A New York Press Requiem

Doris Betts, who mentored me and many others should be remembered for her generosity in developing aspiring writers, but also for her talent as a writer. Sadly, Doris never remotely gained the recognition she deserved and earned as a writer. That that was all right with her serves as the best testimony to her caliber…

Writers and Agents

I've recently had advice from an agent (who didn't sign me) concerning one of my novel manuscripts, and my pal Lyn is deep into negotiations with her agent over her novel's structure. image via altongansky.typepad.com What seems clear from both conversations is that agents are, for the most part good to excellent readers. However, most…

Miz Hawks Does It Again!

  My writing pal and great teacher and blogger, Lyn Hawks, has just been reassured that she's a top notch writer. Congrats, Lyn!

Susan O’Neill

Susan O'Neill is the last in my series of writers with military backgrounds – she was a battlefield nurse in Vietnam with an amazing short story collection to her credit.         It's a pleasure when a new writer has something to say and says it well. Former army nurse O'Neill's debut story collection…