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What You Have in Common with this Bestselling Author

What You Have in Common with this Bestselling Author

  I’m a big fan of bestselling author John le Carré, so I’ve often applied admiring adjectives to his novels. But I came across an unfamiliar adjective in a review of his latest book. The critic wrote: “Le Carré’s prose remains brisk and lapidary.” Lapidary? What...

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“Wondrous” Is the Word

“Wondrous” Is the Word

Exciting update! I recently posted here about a fine writer I mentored – Christine Higdon – whose debut novel The Very Marrow of Our Bones was just released. Well, the Toronto Star has just given it a glowing review, calling it “a wondrous book.” Absolutely true! I’m...

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Magic Moments

Magic Moments

The package arrived on my doorstep. A crisp new book, sent by the author, Christine Higdon. Her debut novel. I felt a sweet excitement, because I had mentored Christine in the early stage of her manuscript, and now here was the published book in all its bright...

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Words of Wisdom: Advice from the Pros

Words of Wisdom: Advice from the Pros

What should a writer write about? The all-too-common answer is: “Write what you know.” But in his book The Art of Fiction, John Gardner (above) blows away that dusty dictum, warning that “Nothing is more limiting to the imagination.” I read that statement by Gardner...

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Bold Beginnings: Your Story’s Inciting Incident

Bold Beginnings: Your Story’s Inciting Incident

Knowing where to start your novel is crucial. It’s also difficult. New writers often make the mistake of beginning with description – pages and pages that describe characters, backstory, setting – before the story gets rolling. The trouble with this is that readers...

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Writer’s Block? Try These Block Busters

Writer’s Block? Try These Block Busters

A writer I’m mentoring asked a question the other day about how to deal with avoidance – that feeling that you just can’t seem to get down to work. The dreaded “writer's block.” In my career as an author, I’ve learned that the issue is not so much a blockage as a...

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A Musical and a Funeral

A Musical and a Funeral

A musical and a funeral. What, you might ask, could these two disparate experiences possibly have in common? Well, they both set my writer’s senses humming. First, my daughter and I saw the Stratford Festival’s brilliant, boisterous production of the musical comedy...

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Cherish Your Writer Comrades

Cherish Your Writer Comrades

Has this ever happened to you? You’re at a party, telling a new acquaintance about a plot twist for your story, and they look at you with polite bewilderment, and perhaps a wince of boredom. But later, you tell a fellow writer about the same plot twist and they’re...

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NEW: The “My Writing Mentor” Program

NEW: The “My Writing Mentor” Program

There’s no satisfaction like completing your book and celebrating, because you know it’s really good – the kind of book that can attract a top agent and win an offer from a major publisher. But moving forward all alone can be a challenge. You may be finding yourself a...

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The Creative Process: Finding Your Own Way

The Creative Process: Finding Your Own Way

Story creation is a joy. But sometimes the process can lead us on a twisty path. I’m at work on a new novel with the working title Fearful Symmetry. I say “new” but the idea for it came to me years ago. Sixteen years, to be exact. At that time, I’d had a satisfying...

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Barbara Kyle is represented by:

Albert Zuckerman
Writers House
21 West 26 Street
New York, NY, 10010

212.685.6550
azuckerman@writershouse.com

To schedule an appearance or interview
with Barbara, please contact:

Vida Engstrand
Assistant Director of Publicity
Kensington Publishing Corp.
119 West 40 Street 21st floor
New York, NY 10018

Phone: 212.407.1573
Fax: 212.935.0699
vengstrand@kensingtonbooks.com