What do you want?

What do you really want?

We tell ourselves that what we want is to write a book, but that’s not the whole truth. We also want the thing we believe a book will give us.

Validation (someone to read our book and praise us). A spot on a bestseller list. Fortune, fame and status.

Of course, we have no control over any of those things and if they don’t happen we’re crushed. The only thing we control is how well we write the book. When we focus on that, we win every time.

What is it you want, really?

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