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Starving Artists

Very few writers believe they can earn a living wage from their books. So deeply ingrained is the belief that the artistic life is a life of poverty, that even the writers who believe they can eek out a moderate income rarely voice such opinions.

Most writers won’t even talk about money. In fact, there’s an idea that to earn money is to sell out; that poverty is somehow a sign of true talent. For years, Michelangelo was considered the epitome of the starving artist. Now of course, we know that he amassed the modern day equivalent of $47,000,000 for his work.

When we buy into the idea that we won’t earn any money from our books, then we won’t earn any money from our books. Wouldn’t it be better to believe that we can prosper?

Valerie Francis

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

Well, you’re not going to believe this. Reece Witherspoon and I picked the same book for our February book clubs. Sort of.  Late last year, I came across THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict and was fascinated by the premise. Benedict writes historical fiction, much like Philippa Gregory,

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A Girl Named Howard

This month, rather than recommend one book to read, I’m recommending the entire body of work of one author because Anne Rice, who passed away December 11, 2021, single-handedly revolutionized the role of vampires in literature.  Yes, vampires.  And the impact she’s had is more significant than you might realize.

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The Christmas Bookshop

If you’ve had it up to your eyes with holiday preparations and are looking for a light-hearted story to escape into, The Christmas Bookshop, by Jenny Colgan, might be just the ticket. The title is a bit misleading, in my opinion. Yes, there’s a bookstore. Yes, the plot unfolds in

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