Behind the (Writing) Scenes with…

Far from Home

From The Pen Woman, Fall 2020

Ronni Miller has always “started a story or a novel with some incident, sight, feeling, or momentary flash of insight” — she’s hooked and wants to find out more.

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Cooking Up Western Stories

From The Pen Woman, Fall 2019

How does a gal like Barbara Blackburn — from east of the Mississippi — end up as a Western cookery specialist? Being a writer who loves to cook helps.

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A Writer’s Process

From The Pen Woman, Summer 2019

Susan S. Buzzi believes inspiration is everywhere — “and if we are open, it will find us.” She uses a simple approach to writing that’s become a ritual.

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‘What No Child Should See’

From The Pen Woman, Spring 2019

For Donna DeLeo Bruno, a book started with a friendship. But it would be many years before her friend opened up about her childhood experiences in Nazi Belgium.

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My Creative Process for Writing Poetry

From The Pen Woman, Winter 2019

Donna Puglisi always carries notepads and pens wherever she goes — she doesn’t know “when a thought will come, an inspiration, an observation of human behavior, something someone said.”

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Rubbing Elbows with Celebrities

From The Pen Woman, Fall 2018

For Louise Webb, it all started when she and Richard Simmons saved her roommate’s life. The second interview, with Truman Capote, was certainly memorable — and made all the future celebrity interviews easy.

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