The Halloween Party

  It was cold when Martha left the office on that Tuesday night. It wasn’t much later than usual, but it was dark outside, as rain was pouring. “Crap, I forgot the umbrella at home!”, she muttered, while searching through her computer bag. She took a deep breath and she draped her scarf on her […]

Editing, or The Taming Of The Shrew

There is a moment, when a writer finishes the first draft of her new novel, when she feels good. Feeling good is a very rare emotion for a writer, considering how we are always scrambling to chase inspiration, find the words to materialize it, then go out again hunting for more inspiration, and maybe also […]

On writing: the female protagonist

  In an ideal world, this wouldn’t even be a topic of conversation. It shouldn’t matter if the protagonist of any story is a man or a woman, as long as their tale is compelling, their voice is unique and interesting and they are able to produce emotions in their readers’ or listeners’ hearts and minds. Unfortunately, this […]

On writing: AFRICA

AFRICA, my second novel, came from a very basic what if: what if my life were to radically change overnight, what if I lost the most important things and people I have today? What would I do?   In June 2014 I had just come back from my honeymoon, and as you can imagine it was one […]

On writing: ALL THE PEOPLE

My first novel, ALL THE PEOPLE, came from a simple idea: what would some of my favorite literary characters look like if they were living in contemporary New York City? The first one who came to my mind was Daisy, softly painted by Francis Scott Fitzgerald in one of the best American novels, The Great Gatsby. The Daisy […]