Posts tagged "books"

Blog Hop: Why do you write?

Welcome to my first blog hop! While I may be a creative type (a writer, a blogger), I’m also still a nerd at heart (a CPA and a lawyer) and I will, therefore, follow these blog hop directions to a T (pushes glasses up nose). Here we go. STEP ONE: Acknowledge the person & site... Read more »

Dreams: What do our crazy ones mean?

Well, I actually wrote a whole book about this.  My first novel is about a single 29 year old, Manhattan lawyer who is guided in her dreams by her dead Italian grandparents. However, those are ‘visits’, not dreams.  (After you read the book, you’ll understand the distinction.)  But, what about those dreams that we fuzzily... Read more »

The Book that Changed My Life

Once upon a time, on the island of Manhattan, two young, professional women took a lunch break. They sat outside, on the steps leading up to the World Financial Center, eating take away sushi. They talked and talked and confided and commiserated. “I can’t explain it.  I don’t feel like this is my life’s work,”... Read more »
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Behind the Book: Highlighting Chicago Authors

What is Behind the Book? Fern Ronay (yes, me) and Bethany Clark, both lawyers and book lovers and writers themselves, host the show where they interview Chicago area authors about their books. The hosts read the author’s latest book before each interview and ask questions related to characters and plot and sometimes craft questions too,... Read more »

Killing the Angel: A Writing Must

My Inner Angel: You can’t do that. My Inner Writer: Why not? Angel: A book about a lawyer who wants to be a housewife? Are you kidding me? Writer: No.  Not kidding. Angel: What will people think? Writer: Who cares? Angel: What lawyer would actually not want to work and stay at home in A-line... Read more »

Kim Strickland discusses Down at the Golden Coin

In the spirit of Roses, many thanks to ~ 1/ Kim! (A City Mom) 2/ The Book Cellar 3/ my fabulous fellow co-host Bethany Clark and Bill from Chicago3Media for making us all look so good! Stay tuned for Behind the Book next month when we interview Deno Sandz, author of Blood Plantation at City Lit... Read more »
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Bridget Jones 3?

I recently attended a webinar where a literary agent declared that chick lit was dead.  Her exact words were that it ‘died a hard and horrible death.’ I thought that was a little depressing because, not only am I trying to sell my own chick lit novel (Oh great, I write the last chapter just... Read more »

8 Uses for a Chicago Public Library Card

8 Uses for a Chicago Public Library Card
I renewed my Chicago Public Library card today. H thinks the fact that I have one is cute/funny/geeky.  Say what you want about us geeks.  We know a good geeky deal when we see one… Today, I am grateful ~1/ for libraries2/ and my library card3/ and not having to pay for books I hate. ... Read more »

Is the Chinese style of parenting better than the American way?

Meet Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.  She has two daughters and her style of parenting strictly prohibits, among many other things, sleepovers, video games, television watching and any grade lower than an A.   Chua’s daughters are also required to play either the piano or violin and practice for hours everyday. ... Read more »
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5 reasons why I won't read Snooki's book (like I need more than one)

Snooki wrote a book? Yes, it’s called A Shore Thing. No, I won’t be reading it but not because I don’t like Snooki Polizzi.  On the contrary, the little munchkin actually grew on me.  Don’t believe me? Exhibit A: What one Italian American really thinks of Jersey ShoreExhibit B: An open letter to Snooki from... Read more »