As extroverted as I am, I can only write creatively when I’m sitting alone in a quiet room. Sometimes I play music in the background, but instrumental only. Sometimes I work from coffee shops, but there are too many distractions for the creative work. Now that school has started, I once again have blocks of uninterrupted time when I can focus on my stories. By the time May rolls around, I’ll be craving a break from the routine, but for now it’s pure heaven.

How about you? Are you able to write creatively in coffee shops? Or do you, like me, require solitude?

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