Elizabeth Hein

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Elizabeth Hein writes women’s fiction with a bit of an edge. Her novels explore the role of friendship in the lives of adult women and themes of identity. How To Climb The Eiffel Tower follows one young woman as she navigates the world of cancer treatment with the help of her friends. Overlook and Escape Plan chronicle how a small group of women bands together to free themselves from terrible marriages and forge their own paths in life.

Elizabeth grew up in Massachusetts within an extended family of storytellers. Her childhood was filled with excellent food and people loudly talking over each other. She and her husband now live in Durham, North Carolina. 

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Elizabeth Hein I experience writers block more as a sense of fear and uncertainly, than a lack of words. When I hit a rough patch in my writing, it's not because I…moreI experience writers block more as a sense of fear and uncertainly, than a lack of words. When I hit a rough patch in my writing, it's not because I don't know what to write. I always have several stories floating around in my brain. What stops me cold in my tracks is uncertainty about the direction a novel is heading in. Sometimes my characters take hold of the plot and wrestle it out of my hands. That can be quite disconcerting.

The best way I have found to get over a staled project is to put it aside for a bit and work on something else. While the project is resting, I let the issues I had with the plot steep in my subconscious. Eventually, I get a flash of incite, usually while taking a shower or driving down the highway. From there it is more a question of having the courage to slash chapters and rewrite whole sections of a manuscript. I also rely of my critique partners to help me through rough patches. Sometimes, merely talking out a plot problem or story idea over a cup of coffee is all I need to get back on track.(less)
Elizabeth Hein Don't give up. Writing is not an endeavor for the faint of heart. Writing a novel is difficult and fraught with setbacks. It is also one of the most…moreDon't give up. Writing is not an endeavor for the faint of heart. Writing a novel is difficult and fraught with setbacks. It is also one of the most rewarding things I've ever done.
My one biggest piece of advice to aspiring writers is to find a good group of critique partners and listen to what they tell you. Your writing friends can seethings in your work that you can not.(less)
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Like this novel’s beautiful cover art, sorrow has many faces. The Butler sisters lost their mother too early and never recovered. The eldest sister, Althea, tried her best to take care for her siblings, but she didn’t know how. She tried to take care for her daughters, but she didn’t know how. Mistakes were...

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“I could stare at the books ... until my were as dry & fuzzy as the text, but I still didn’t know what to do with my feelings.”
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“The road to publication can be rough, take snacks and a friend.”
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“Make sure you live the whole experience, not just the hard stuff.”
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“Make sure you live the whole experience, not just the hard stuff.”
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“If your characters write your story, rather than you writing your characters, it's like your dog taking YOU for a walk. Don't let them control you. Take charge and train them to listen to their master.”
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“I could stare at the books ... until my were as dry & fuzzy as the text, but I still didn’t know what to do with my feelings.”
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“He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever.”
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