In Praise of Fear

Most of the time, fear holds us back. Sometimes, it paralyzes us.

But what would happen if we saw fear as an ally? When we realize that experiencing fear is a good thing, that it’s actually a sign that we’re on the right track, we start to look for the things that scare us.

Writing a book (never mind publishing it!), is scary. Introducing yourself as an author is scary. Scary is good. Embrace it.

About the author 

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

stories for women, by women, and about women