Lisa L. Lewis
Regardless of whether you’re from an immigrant family or not, your parents’ lives before you arrived are a mystery. That’s what drives me as a journalist and as a writer—trying to close those gaps in understanding with an empathetic eye and an open heart. Empathy and sympathy are not the same: I want to portray my characters in all their complexity, including their most desperate moments and all their flaws.
During one nursing session, I thought, “Man, if I had a dollar for every time I nursed him, I’d be swimming in a pool of money like my name was Scrooge McDuck.” Then I thought, “Hmm…do people do this? I bet that would make for an interesting book.”
We all struggle to find enough time, to come up with good ideas, to stick with a schedule of writing, to battle our inner critic, to manage our expectations, to deal with rejection, to find the emotional energy to revise the same chapter again and again and again before it finally comes out right.
Lisa L. Lewis
All of us have these moments when a friend gets a prize, and you’re happy for your friend and also miserable. I talk in the book about how that reaction isn’t so much about envy or jealousy but about self doubt. At the same time that one shouldn’t act on it—you should be generous with the friend who’s had the success—you shouldn’t beat yourself up for feeling that way.
Rudri Bhatt Patel
It’s very hard to find the right balance between work and motherhood. It often feels as if I’m sacrificing one for the other, and I never know if I’m doing enough for either. I used to worry about it constantly, but now I try to remind myself that I can’t expect to be perfect, and that I’m only human.
But as they are now teenagers, there’s very little I can write about them that doesn’t kind of break that contractual obligation I have to maintain their privacy. So the things I write about are ways of questioning my own parenting, or the way I feel about the kids, without really betraying anything that matters to them.
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