Last week I ran a giveaway. I gave away copies of the first book of my series. I gave away a thousand of them in exchange for people signing up for my newsletter. A thousand books! That’s more than I’ve sold. And now a thousand people are, I hope, reading What Boys Are Made Of. Maybe they’ll… Continue reading It’s Not Flattery, It’s Blood-Sucking Theft.
Recently I was reading a few studies about how even when women speak less than men, they are perceived to be noisier. In fact, in one study, conducted by Australian researcher Dale Spender, when women spoke only 15% of the time, they were perceived as having spoken an equal amount to men. And when they… Continue reading Gender Ratios in Novels: Check Your Biases
More than four years ago—was it five, was it six?—I wrote a short story late one night. There was nothing of consequence about it, except the voice. It was urgent, and close. It spoke in words you’d hear any day of the week, using grammar that was less than standard. Its metaphors were colloquial, whispers intimate.… Continue reading Announcing the Publication of What Boys Are Made Of