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Mother's Day Blogs 2011

Daphne Kalotay is the recipient of multiple writing fellowships and the critically acclaimed author of RUSSIAN WINTER, now available in paperback. Below, she shares a heartfelt story about her mother, Jill Kalotay --- who always knows exactly what to do. Photo: Daphne, right, and mother Jill reading --- What else?
Writing for more than 30 years, Joanna Trollope’s latest book DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW is a straightforward take on our ideas of family. In this ode to her 92-year-old mother, Joanna discusses her mother’s abundant creativity, and how she fostered Joanna’s early love of literature.
April 21, 2011

Meg Waite Clayton: A Letter to Mom

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Author of many short stories and three novels --- including THE FOUR MS. BRADWELLS released in March --- Meg Waite Clayton is riding a wave of true success. Below, she shares a touching letter of appreciation for the many things her mother has taught her --- from bottom-wiping and packing boxes to self-respect and never losing hope. Photo: Meg and family in their earlier years.
Lorna Jane Cook is the author of three novels, the latest of, OUTSIDE WONDERLAND, is now available in bookstores. Today, she reflects on the first stories she ever told --- and the woman who encouraged her to dream even bigger.
An anesthesiologist, mother and now author, Michelle Au knows a thing or two about changes and balancing acts. In this special post, Michelle discusses the inspirations behind her forthcoming debut THIS WON’T HURT A BIT (AND OTHER WHITE LIES): My Education in Medicine and Motherhood, which will be released May 11th.
April 18, 2011

Victoria Brown: Early Calypso Fame

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The protagonist of Victoria Brown’s debut novel, MINDING BEN, is based on her own personal journey from Trinidad to New York to work as a full-time nanny at age 16. Below, Victoria remembers her grade-school calypso singing days in her village during revolutionary times --- and the busy, supportive mother who “worked” as her dedicated lyricist.
Bestselling author Julia Spencer-Fleming’s latest novel, ONE WAS A SOLDIER, explores the problems veterans face as they reenter society. Born on an Air Force Base and growing up an “Army brat,” Julia recalls how her mother always made sure to stock the bookshelves of the family’s new abodes and, even in poorer times, kept book-loving Julia well supplied.
A New York Times bestseller whose work has been internationally acclaimed, Luanne Rice is the author of 29 novels --- the latest of which, THE SILVER BOAT, is now available in bookstores. Below she remembers the woman who helped launch her writing career by giving her what she never had herself --- a sense of freedom.
Mary Higgins Clark is known worldwide as "The Queen of Suspense;” her daughter, Carol, has been following in Mom’s legendary footsteps since the days of re-typing her mother's manuscripts. Penning 42 and 14 books respectively, the prolific mother-daughter team has written five Christmas books together, beginning with DECK THE HALLS in 2000. Here, they discuss their collaborative process, and the joys of working together.