(And now it’s out!)

Signing first editions of Fierce Little Thing at Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, Vermont.

My fifth novel, FIERCE LITTLE THING, is out today — July 27th, 2021. For weeks now, I’ve saying I have so much to do and people keep asking what it is I have to do and then I slump over into a ball of stress and hope and fear and logistics… so I decided to just write down, in no particular order, what I’ve been doing in this week leading up to publication, so you get a peek inside my writer brain. That way, you can laugh with (at?) …

One trick to help your reader feel like they’re “there”

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I have to know a place intimately before I can set a novel there. My new novel FIERCE LITTLE THING is set at a rural Maine lake that’s based on a family home I’ve been going since before my writing career started. But though I know it well, I still had to spend a lot of time just sitting by the lake, or walking through the woods, to get the details right.

In the days before I had kids, I had plenty of time for sitting and absorbing. But my New York Times bestseller BITTERSWEET — also set in a…

Or: get yourself some writer friends

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So. Here’s the thing about being a writer. You’ll feel terrible. Like, a lot. There will be occasional days that you’ll feel kind of okay about yourself, and maybe once in a blue moon something fabulous will happen — you’ll crack open a sentence in your novel, or someone you very much admire will say they think you have what it takes, or you’ll get a nice royalty check — but I’m telling you, those days are rare. Most days, if you’re lucky, you’ll feel kind of just okay — especially in the moments that you’re thinking about writing, and…

Without snacks, I’d never publish a word

Clockwise from top: port wine cheese, iced tea, red pepper my kid rejected from lunch, the last of the sharp cheddar cheese, olives from the grocery store olive bar, blueberries, leftover green beans, and fancy crackers.

You want me to babysit your kid? Take me out for french fries. You want me to water your plants while you’re on vacation? Offer me a bag of those dill pickle chips from Trader Joe’s. I guess you could say I’m easily bribed. Especially when it comes to food. Especially when it comes to potatoes.

It was early on in my writing career that I discovered that while the “writing” part of my job is one I (usually) love (a mode when ambition, imagination, and hope are enough to propel me forward), there are other parts of my work…

…Because secrets are how I make them seem real

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Early on in my new novel, Fierce Little Thing, the book’s middle-aged protagonist, Saskia, reunites with Issy, one of her childhood best friends. That’s a nice way of putting it; Issy actually kicks down Saskia’s door. When you’ve been friends as long as they have — since you were twelve — you know when that level of drama is called for. But there’s another, more specific reason Issy is motivated to get to Saskia as quickly as she can — beyond wanting to make sure Saskia, who’s a shut-in, is okay. It’s a reason I thought long and hard about…

But the cure for writer’s block helps me anyway

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When I tell you that I’ve spent the last sixteen months with my children, day in, day out (if you are a parent, you likely understand exactly what this means for my, you know life as human person, not to mention as a novelist), you might not be surprised to hear I’m out of touch with my writer’s block. Not because I haven’t been kept from my work — ha! nope! I don’t have that problem! — but because even it’s nearly impossible to imagine the luxurious, decadant fantasy world in which I might sit down, by myself, in a…

By Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

This is part of a series called “How I Book,” a collaboration between New York Times bestselling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, and Dan Blank, the founder of WeGrowMedia. The aim is to provide honest, practical advice to writers negotiating the murky waters of publication, especially around their roles in publicity and marketing, where so much is expected and so little guidance is often offered.

I’ve been radio silent for a while, which can be attributed to so many concrete things — there’s a baby due! My sister moved across the country! I’ve got so many articles to write…

How I Book

By Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

This is part of a series called “How I Book,” a collaboration between New York Times bestselling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, and Dan Blank, the founder of WeGrowMedia. The aim is to provide honest, practical advice to writers negotiating the murky waters of publication, especially around their roles in publicity and marketing, where so much is expected and so little guidance is often offered.

Dan asks: So many authors hold off on taking any actions with marketing plans or audience development until after their first marketing meeting with their publisher. The potential problem is that…

By Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

This is part of a series called “How I Book,” a collaboration between New York Times bestselling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, and Dan Blank, the founder of WeGrowMedia. The aim is to provide honest, practical advice to writers negotiating the murky waters of publication, especially around their roles in publicity and marketing, where so much is expected and so little guidance is often offered.

Dan asks: There are differing views about whether writing articles in support of a novel is a good idea. Some say that writing about a nonfiction angle of a fictional work does nothing to…

By Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

This is part of a series called “How I Book,” a collaboration between New York Times bestselling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, and Dan Blank, the founder of WeGrowMedia. The aim is to provide honest, practical advice to writers negotiating the murky waters of publication, especially around their roles in publicity and marketing, where so much is expected and so little guidance is often offered.

Tapping into who you know has a direct relationship to how helpful you can be to your book.

I want to start right out by saying it took me a long time to get…

Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

She/her. New York Times bestseller / Author of five novels including: Fierce Little Thing, June, and Bittersweet. https://linktr.ee/MirandaBW

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