As deputy editor, Rita Arens is a regular featured speaker at BlogHer’s annual conferences, the world’s largest conferences for women in social media. She recently spoke with Lisa Lynne Lewis about mommy blogging, writing about her experience with anorexia, and how blogging is similar to performance art.
Julie Paul is the author of two collections of short fiction, The Jealousy Bone (2008) and The Pull of the Moon (2014). Her recent work has garnered much acclaim and was just named a national bronze medalist in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the category of short story fiction. In a conversation with Profiles editor Christina Consolino, Paul talks about how her writing reflects her life, her transformation as a writer since becoming a mother, and what being a mother means to her.
Nayomi Munaweera’s debut novel follows three generations of Sinhalese and Tamil families—the two opposing groups in the civil war that raged in Sri Lanka from 1983 to 2009—and examines the fates of families who stayed in Sri Lanka as well as those who left during the war. It was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, went on to win the Commonwealth Book Prize for Asia, 2013.
Shebooks, which publishes short e-books by and for women, was launched in January 2014 by three women with extensive experience in the publishing world. Laura Fraser recently spoke with Lisa Lynne Lewis about the company’s first year of operation, the need to boost visibility for women writers, and the influence of Eat, Pray, Love.
Diana Whitney, a graduate of Dartmouth and Oxford Universities and a former Rhodes Scholar, is also a mother, yoga instructor, poet, and blogger for The Huffington Post as well as author of Spilt Milk, a parenting blog. Whitney has recently published her first book of poems entitled, “Wanting It.” This compilation, published in August 2014 by Harbor Mountain Press, bursts with imagery and honesty, reflecting one woman’s experience living authentically.
Kelly Light is the illustrator of two children’s chapter books series, including The Quirks and Elvis and the Underdogs, as well as a mystery for children entitled, Who Took the Cookbook? She has drawn for Disney, Warner Brothers, and Hanna-Barbera, and is now the author and illustrator of the delightful children’s book, Louise Loves Art, published in September 2014. In a virtual conversation, interviewer Gina Consolino-Barsotti and Kelly Light conversed about the inspiration of her new character, Louise, what she requires to create, and how postpartum depression impacted her work.