"The title women and fiction might mean, and you may have meant it to mean, women and what they are like; or it might mean woman and the fiction they write; women and the fiction that is written about them; or it might mean that somehow all three are inextricably mixed together and you want me to consider them in this light. But when I began to consider the subject in this last way, which seemed the most interesting, I soon saw that it had one fatal drawback. I should never be able to come to a conclusion. I should never be able to fulfil (sic) what is, I understand, the first duty of a lecturer--to hand you after an hour's discourse a nugget of pure truth to wrap up between the pages of your notebooks and keep on the mantel-piece forever." Virginia Woolf in A Room of One's Own.
I've written a few million words of published fiction. So when I read Virginia Woolf's question: "What is women and fiction?" I felt qualified to answer.
What could "women and fiction" possibly mean? I went to my search engine (currently Duck Duck Go) and looked up "women and fiction."
My browser page filled with quotes from A Room of One's Own. Nothing else.
I sat with this for much longer than I'd care to admit. Finally, it was clear to me that Women and Fiction needed to exist. What could I do?
Besides writing, I ran the Open Grove for six years. I have a lot of experience interviewing people.
Women and Fiction will be an interview based podcast. (First episode released May 15, 2017 with Jennifer Leeland)
I will interview women about their work as authors, publishers, and booksellers.
I ran a Twitter Chat called #Bookmarket for two and a half years.
Women and Fiction will be a Twitter Chat.
I will interview women fiction authors about their work and we'll answer questions about writing and publishing.
I am just starting to build a team. We'll roll out the podcast and Twitter chat in 2017. Interested in joining the team? Send me an email.
Who am I?
I am the author of a popular military thriller called the Alex the Fey thrillers, the long running sweet and crunchy Denver Cereal, and the intriguing Seth and Ava Mysteries. I've also taken traditional serial fiction on the road with a serial set in Fort Worth, Texas, the governmental thriller, The Queen of Cool and the Salem Witch Trial inspired Boston serial, Suffer a Witch. You can read my fiction at Stories by Claudia.
I started my blog On a Limb with Claudia in 2006 and have written a series of "how to" articles at Tuesday Serial. I started the Everyday Kindness challenge in 2008 and have recently brought it back on social media. I was the founder and chief interviewer at the Open Grove and a psychotherapist for fifteen years.
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