Our Mothers, Ourselves, Our Fiction

After reading The Worried Man, a friend who’s also read my other books pointed out that my main characters’ mothers aren’t exactly warm and fuzzy. It’s true. Like a lot of women, my mom and I clashed over many things. What comes through in my fiction are larger than life echoes of those conflicts. Unfair as it is, the things I admire most about my mom — and there are a lot of them — usually find their way into other characters. Conflict Conflict Conflict Storytelling requires conflict...
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Why I Admire My Mom

For the 3 1/2 years I've written this blog, the post that has consistently gotten the most hits is Why I Love V.I. As the title suggests, it's about fictional female private eye V. I. Warshawski, created by Chicago-area novelist Sara Paretsky. The post's popularity tells me I'm not the only person who likes to read about strong women. The devoted fan base of books and movies like The Hunger Games and Divergent underscores that. Which is why I decided to write more posts about women, real and fic...
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