Leaning Towards Sheryl

Last night my friend Carol invited me to listen to Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and renown Lean-Inner, speak at an IQSquared event in London. While I know who Sandberg is, I am not  some fanatical fan. Sandberg lives in another world from me, she’s a tech Superwoman from Silicon Valley. She is so bright,…

‘Spanish Crossings’ and How It All Started with a Sentence

While we’re on the subjects of interviews, read my Q&A with author and writing coach John Simmons about his latest  novel Spanish Crossings. The interview ran in writer’s group 26’s April e-letter. The novel is split into three chronological parts –  before, during and after the Spanish Civil War. John discusses historical novel writing, character and plot. And how…

Interviews I Like – The Lenny Interview

I might be late to the party, but I have recently discovered  Lena Dunham’s newsletter Lenny. I especially love the Lenny Letters,  the honest, probing interviews with interesting women.  Here are some of my favorites: The unconventional, never married, ninety-nine-year old writer and editor Diana Athill  dispenses love advice: Write, never marry, be more pragmatic. Accessories…

Llama Sutra – A Book to Devour

Melanie Whipman’s debut collection of short stories is a tour de force. Read Llama Sutra  in one go or bite off a delicious morsel one sitting at a time. But beware. Whipman’s fast-paced, dark, powerful stories full of twisty turns and tense moments will lure you in until The End. I read it in one go. I…