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Gale Massey

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Rising and Other Stories, Bronzeville Books, received a 2021 FAPA award.
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“Gale Massey’s insight and empathy resonate throughout this beautifully written debut collection. She has just the right words to make us feel the pain and hardships affecting her characters, but always with hope. This a must-read from a wonderful new writer. I can’t wait to see what she does next.” –Alafair Burke, New York Times-bestselling author of The Better Sister

“Through girlhood, adulthood, and motherhood, and against complex family dynamics, the characters in Gale Massey’s exquisite collection strive to find their places in the world—and find themselves in the process. Sharply characterized, lyrically written, rich with surprises, rich with li
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Gale Massey The best thing about being a writer is when a story comes together. When the main character's problems become the deeper story and universal themes of…moreThe best thing about being a writer is when a story comes together. When the main character's problems become the deeper story and universal themes of the human struggle emerge I know I've written something almost anyone can read it and feel connected to. (less)
Gale Massey Aspiring writers are readers who have read a book that moved them so profoundly that they started considering adding their voice to the larger literar…moreAspiring writers are readers who have read a book that moved them so profoundly that they started considering adding their voice to the larger literary conversation. My advice is to study any book that moves you this much. Take it apart. Understand its structure. Read academic critiques that reveal the magic behind the curtain. Apply all this to your own novel idea and write an outline that includes plot points at the end of act one, two and three. Keep your cards close to your chest and get through that first draft. Then you'll have something no one else has, specifically an idea with legs to go the distance. (less)
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message 3: by Derry

Derry Smith Gale wrote: "I discovered Capote's writing recently so we probably haven't discussed him. Yes, he's wonderful. Started to read Home, don't know if I can handle the graphic nature of it. Have you started it yet?"

No, haven't started Home yet. I'm finishing 'Out Stealing Horses' by Per Petterson. Excellent book. Need to finish it by Tuesday. Also need to finish three pieces of writing by Tuesday. Then I can start Home.
Are you free the week of the 21st? Thursday evening, 5/24?


message 2: by Gale

Gale I discovered Capote's writing recently so we probably haven't discussed him. Yes, he's wonderful. Started to read Home, don't know if I can handle the graphic nature of it. Have you started it yet?


message 1: by Derry

Derry Smith I had no idea you were a big Truman Capote fan. Am I having a memory lapse? Have we discussed him? Christmas Memory is one of my all time favorites. That's so cool, that we have that in common!


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