Throughout 2017, Bookish invited authors to share their writing tips, inspiration, personal histories, and more with readers through short essays. These authors delved into a variety of fascinating topics, from the need for diversity in fairy tales to the right way to fictionalize a true crime. We loved each and every essay, but a few stood out in our memories. Here, our editors have rounded up their absolute favorite author essays of 2017.
“Fairy tales exist in every tradition because of how they speak to us. They reveal how we are both flawed and miraculous.”
“Inspiration finds me… And that’s why we write, because on the good days, when the perfect idea finds us as the perfect time, we can all create magic.”
Hazel Gaynor taught readers about the theory of connectivity.
“I found that no matter their differences, people have a lot more in common than not. Ultimately, we are all searching for the same thing: our place in the world.”
Heather Gudenkauf shared the story of discovering she was deaf in her left ear.
“Respect is an awfully powerful word that some writers tend to forget… Practice an abundance of empathy.”
“There’s that old writing mantra: Write what you know. And then there’s the addendum: Write it slant.”
After ten years as a children’s and young adult editor, Jill Santopolo picked up tricks that helped her craft her own adult novel.
“Don’t go through this alone… I promise that you will find the right person someday—someone who treats you with the love and respect you deserve.”
Heather Demetrios broke down the signs to look for if you think you’re in an abusive relationship.
“When I began writing many years ago, I was told by several editors that there was no such thing as ‘black love.’ I proved them wrong.”
Brenda Jackson shared her dedication to ensuring that black Americans are represented in romance novels.
“This is a book about a trans girl who learns that she has nothing to fear from the world, who knows who she is and what she’s capable of.”
“The affections, loves, mishaps, and epiphanies of people on the spectrum are just as interesting, valid, and relatable as anyone else’s, and it’s time our literature and movies reflected that.”
Claire LaZebnik got fed up with autistic stereotypes and decided to write a novel that challenged them.
“Time heals, but the experience of war never goes away. It fades along with the scars. But it remains a part of your new reality.”