I know Franzen isn’t popular with everyone, but I did enjoy “The Corrections,” (enjoyed “Freedom” less, but it was still very good. I couldn’t write like him and don’t aspire to (I have very different goals and my own idols) but I do enjoy looking at other writers’ perspectives. They’re hit or miss, as any list will be, but thought provoking, so I thought I’d share. WordPress has made it so easy. I’d give it a kiss but I don’t know where it’s been.

Jonathan Franzen's 10 Rules of Writing Last week, I posted about George Orwell's rules for writing, so while I'm finishing book #12: The Corrections I thought this would be a great opportunity to check out what Jonathan Franzen has to say on the subject. This list came from The Guardian: The reader is a friend, not an adversary, not a spectator. Fiction that isn't an author's personal adventure into the frightening or the unknown isn't worth writing for anything but money. Never use t … Read More

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  1. Hi,
    Sorry I would send you an email but I can’t seem to see one…

    I love your work!!! BlackGold…the reviewer that said it can be re read…VERY true as I have gone through it 3x and counting! Seriously wonderful characters!!! LOVED every second of it.
    Just finished Tricky and enjoyed it very much. I am moving on to Night Caller. I read a couple months ago A Certain Pressure…oh my the visuals you create!!! And I am in the process of reading Preenstalk (but it needs the right frame of mind).

    Ohhhhh I loved BlackGold so much I ordered the print from PL Nunn! ((I live in China so I had it sent to my dad for my next home visit…he opened it Father: “Laurie, why does the girl look like a boy…” Me: “Hmmmmmmm, is it still snowing there dad?”))

    Looking forward to more!!!! Off to Night Caller…instead of finishing my own story! LOL

    Hugs to you

    1. Thank you very much! That is so great to hear that you’ve read “Black Gold” that many times and still enjoy it!

      Peenstalk is definitely very silly 🙂 I hope you enjoy The Night Caller as much as Trick and Pressure.

      Thursday and I have another book coming out in May “Le Jazz Hott” that I hope you enjoy as much!

      Your poor dad, hehe. That’s what he gets for opening other people’s mail!

      It must be exciting to live in China. I wish I could travel more. How do you find it?

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