To me, being alive is unbalanced, so the second you’re born, the idea of balance is out the window. How can we possibly try to find balance, at least in the traditional way that we think of it, where things are equally parceled out? People get earaches in the middle of the night. You might not sleep for three days. Snow days happen the week you’re supposed to turn in your novel. Children pee on the rug.
I was sleep-deprived, raising four kids, finding very little writing time, and I needed, somehow, to remember who I was, who I’d been, and who I wanted to become. I started running and decided to train for a triathlon.
There are mysterious moments in writing, when a metaphor or a critical bit of dialogue or a plot device just clicks into place in your mind. The “hole in the middle” metaphor was one such moment for me. It creates a link between two stages in Sophie’s development in the novel.
The bold storytelling and authentic voice of Ghana’s Ama Ata Aidoo burst on the literary scene in the 1960s, blazing trails for future female writers out of Africa. Over the seven decades of her career, she has published award-winning novels, plays, short stories, children’s books, and poetry, and influenced generations of African women writers.
Acclaimed Canadian poet and novelist Alison Pick found herself penning a memoir after research for another project uncovered a family secret that caused her to rethink her spiritual identity.
I’d always had the ambition to write fiction, but something had always held me back—I think mainly I was afraid of failure. Only after watching a documentary on J.K. Rowling, and being reminded of her struggles as a single mom on social assistance, did I see that I had nothing to lose by trying—and that if I didn’t try I would absolutely fail.
We publish profiles of writers who are mothers, writers who write about motherhood, and writers who have something to say to mothers. This includes well-known, living mama writers, of course, but also off-beat, lesser-known, not-so-obvious mama writers. Read more here.