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Whitney Scharer

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Whitney Scharer's debut novel, THE AGE OF LIGHT, based on the life of pioneering photographer Lee Miller, was published by Little, Brown (US) and Picador (UK) in February, 2019, and was a Boston Globe and IndieNext bestseller and named one of the best books of 2019 by Parade, Glamour Magazine, Real Simple, Refinery 29, Booklist and Yahoo. Internationally, The Age of Light won Le prix Rive Gauche à Paris, was a coups de couer selection from the American Library in Paris, and has been published or is forthcoming from over a dozen other countries. . She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from the University of Washington. She lives outside Boston with her husband and daughter.

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Whitney Scharer For me, deadlines are everything. I'm in a great writing group and I don't want to let the other members of my group down, so if I have a submission d…moreFor me, deadlines are everything. I'm in a great writing group and I don't want to let the other members of my group down, so if I have a submission due to them, I make it happen. Deadlines are the only way I get anything done! (less)
Whitney Scharer Hi Michael! Thanks for your question. I think the best way to improve your writing is to read fiction--read as much as you can, as widely as you can. …moreHi Michael! Thanks for your question. I think the best way to improve your writing is to read fiction--read as much as you can, as widely as you can. You'll get all sorts of ideas about how to structure your stories, how to use imagery, etc. I'd also recommend picking up an introductory fiction writing book. I love Janet Burroway's Writing Fiction, and Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird. Happy writing! (less)
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“Lee could assemble an entire history from the photos that would tell any version of the story she wants. But back then, that first summer in Paris, she didn't yet know the power of pictures, how a frame creates reality, how a photograph becomes memory becomes truth. 

Or Lee could tell the real story: the one where she loved a man and he loved her, but in the end they took everything from each other - who can say who was more destroyed?”
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“In the end, Lee thinks, their personal drama makes their art work, and she can't help thinking of herself with Man, the way she can't separate her feelings for him from the work they do together.”
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“Life is a series of choices between wonders.”
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