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Ellen Cooney

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My new novel, "A Cowardly Woman No More," will be published by Coffee House Press in April 2023. It's my eleventh: the story of a woman on the verge of middle age who's been putting up with lots of things she wishes she didn't need to put up with--and suddenly she sees a chance to take actions for herself that will actually transform her, not into someone new or different, but in to the person she really is. She dares to break out of what she's been stuck in--it's an adventure story really, and it's a comedy in many ways. She's a highly skilled professional, with a husband and kids in a closely bonded family. And there've never been enough hours in any day for all her obligations. And everything is set in motion when she finds out the work ...more

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Ellen Cooney "The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances" first came to me literally like a cartoon of a lightbulb suddenly self-illuminating over my…more"The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances" first came to me literally like a cartoon of a lightbulb suddenly self-illuminating over my head, as I was sitting one day with my adopted rescued dog, Skip, in my lap, patting him and telling him I wasn't ever going to give up on loving him and believing in him, even though he was so screwed up due to his past, and so difficult to teach (and so difficult to "civilize," for he was pretty much feral when he came to me). I knew I wanted to write about teaching and learning and love and keeping one's eyes on the future. How I'd go about it took a while, but once I was in it, I really went with it.(less)
Ellen Cooney I'm not sure there's even such a thing as writer's block. If I'm in a stretch where something I'm working on isn't coming out right, or if it's not co…moreI'm not sure there's even such a thing as writer's block. If I'm in a stretch where something I'm working on isn't coming out right, or if it's not coming at all, it's because something is wrong with the "thing." Maybe I was trying to force a character or a plot toward some development that's all wrong, or maybe I was skimming a surface of something that needed more depth and feeling. Or maybe I was tired and needed to rest, and what could have been defined as a block was actually like, well, writing is like tides, and for me, low tide is presently here. (You just have to believe the tide will change,because that's what tides do.)(less)
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“She was healthy & thriving, like a weed: a weed with no interest in trying to become, say, a proper flower.”
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