Author Archives: Sherwood Smith

About Sherwood Smith

Sherwood Smith's website and Book View Cafe ebooks.

Story, Character . . . and Gossip

  I came across some notes from a lecture on writing that I sat in on years ago, when I was a teacher attending an education conference. The writers in that audience were all mainstream, most writing for kids. The … Continue reading

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Playing with gender roles in fiction

I think one of the appeals of traditional gender and social roles is that they give people a map with which to negotiate the chaos of human relations. We want to be secure (especially when we are less powerful than … Continue reading

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Word of Mouth

Recently twelve Book View Café writers participated in a Giveaway in a no-cost effort to try to reach new readers. On the last day, I asked here (mirrored here) how people discovered new books—if they liked newsletters, giveaways, publicity blitzes, … Continue reading

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Tremontaine: When Collaboration Really Works

I find all kinds of collaborations interesting, from the centuries-long shared-world collaboration of Arthuriana among Europeans to the amazing Mahabharata of India. I think the greatest collaborations are more than the sum of their parts. Nowadays, collaborations are happening in … Continue reading

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I Love Romantic Suspense

I was barely thirteen when I first read Mary Stewart’s Madam Will You Talk. It set the bar high for romantic suspense for me—and all these years later, it still works. Romantic suspense has what for me is a perfect blend … Continue reading

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Deep Dive Reading

  “Ugh! If it’s classic is has to be bad!” So many times I see people saying that they hated this or that book when they read it in school, or that the book was for ever ruined for them … Continue reading

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Worldbuilding: Curses and Cusses

  How many Sf or fantasy novels have you read, or shows have you watched, that toss you right out when the characters started cussing and the made-up words, or euphemisms, sound totally fake? Some writers solve the problem by … Continue reading

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Authorized Cruelty, take two

A week or so back, when the latest Marvel film, Logan, came out, I saw several posts about how bleak and violent the film was. Though most praised it for the sense of brotherhood between Logan and Charles, and toward … Continue reading

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Glimpses of Everyday Life BC (before cameras)

Those who enjoy historical novels set a century or two ago encounter young ladies busy doing their fine sewing (white sewing was never seen by callers) and music and watercolors. But we rarely see examples of the first and last. … Continue reading

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The heart of the epic

                    In 1740, Lord Chesterfield wrote regular letters to his son in Latin, French, as well as English. Many have heard of his famous letters, but alas, few have read them. … Continue reading

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