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Initial post: Apr 8, 2008, 5:57:44 AM PDT
L. A. Drake says:
I'm for advancing this little recognized genre in the public eye. We who read and love it recognize what a wonderful genre it is....
I've started a blog to do that - I'm going to begin to interview preferrably first time novelists in it...anyone know of one?
the blog is:
Laura Drake

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2008, 12:23:10 PM PDT
Shana Forney says:
I love the book Good Man Hunting. You might interview the author Lisa Landolt. I think she's a first time author.


In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2008, 12:29:40 PM PDT
L. A. Drake says:
Thanks so much Shana, I'll try that!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2008, 5:10:17 PM PDT
Hi, Laura. You might want to check out my site, for a few reasons. First, I published for the first time this year, and one of my novels is the hen-lit "Adelaide Einstein". A lengthy, free excerpt is available at my site, and the book itself is available here on Amazon in both Kindle and trade-paperback editions. Second, I provide a lot of writer resources on my site, too.
April L. Hamilton

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2008, 7:43:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2008, 7:44:51 AM PDT
Janet Leszl says:
I think perhaps the book I wrote (as a first-time novelist) might fit well with what you're looking for. A Pebble to Polish, traces the emotional journey of a fairly typical 21-year-old young woman when faced by extraordinary circumstances. In rapid succession, she experiences a thrilling event, followed by a devastating one. While coming to terms with the impact this has on her life, she becomes the single parent of an extremely difficult child.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2008, 7:09:58 PM PDT
avidreader says:
Try To My Senses author Alexandrea Weis. First book in this genre but very moving character driven story about one woman's quest to find her true purpose in life with the aid of some quirky family members and a secertive artist who betrays her trust. Well written and getting great reviews. Some Amazoners have tagged it a romance but it has a real literary feel that is not found in romance books. More women's fiction work. Look into it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2008, 3:21:02 PM PDT
yes! ME! I'm a first time novelist, my book FACE VALUE was published last week, 3rd June. I have a website: if you'd like to find out more about it.

hope your blog is going well, I shall check it out!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2008, 5:02:34 AM PDT
Phyllis says:
Hi Laura,
My new novel, THE SINNER'S GUIDE YO CONFESSION (Berkley Penguin), was released this week. While I am not a first-time novelist, this novel speaks to women's friendships. My last novel, WILLING SPIRITS, will be released by Berkley in March 2009. You may write to me at Also, please look at my website,, and decide for yourself.
Good luck with your efforts to promote women's fiction.
Phyllis Schieber

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2008, 12:43:31 PM PDT
This is not specificilly an answer to your request but one of the best Women's Fiction novels I've read in a long time is Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah.
Some of my favorite Women's Fiction authors are Barbara Delinsky, Eileen Goudge, Kristin Hanna, and now Sherryl Woods with Mending Fences.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2009, 5:01:57 AM PST
Luvourpets says:
I am a first time women's fiction novelist who would love to talk to you on your blog. My book was released in November: STRAWBERRIES IN WINTER. Finding a publisher for women's fiction was a challenge and I often wished my book was a romance (there are many publishers for romance). But mine is not a romance, per se. It is a story of relationships: friendships, family ties, and self-understanding. It concerns the moral dilemmas that many women face, and challenges readers to ask, "What would I do?" I hope you will check out my book on Amazon. Then let's talk! -Kerri

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2009, 5:52:06 AM PST
Hello Laura -

Your post jumped out because the initials are the same as mine, didn't know yours existed. But since we are doing the same work, essentially, I hope we will network and double our fun and support for other authors.. Mine is for the Women's Fiction Blog. I am a first time author for lady lit, mature women's fiction. I will stop by your blog and see what we can work out, i.e., if you are reviewing from Kindle? paperback, ebook? Still have time.

A few more first time authors are Penelope Holt with The Painter's Gift. Abra Ebner is a young writer with the Feather Series, I am quite impressed with her package from what I see.

Essa a.k.a. Thayne Hudson
A Breath Floats By
reincarnation / spiritual / lady lit
Kindle and paperback

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2009, 11:18:35 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 13, 2009, 11:19:43 AM PST
Kerri -

I just love the title of your novel. I am hoping my library has this, if not I will request it ordered, okay. I know what you mean about the romance, these are still difficult to publish, but at least one can stake claim to a founded genre. Women's fiction is 'new' and not really so new and different at all. Mine is under women's fiction / spiritual fiction (but not religious) / metaphysical fiction (no one looks for that hahaha) / visionary which is such a new genre, well, there is hope yet. *_*

Point is the 'lady lit' category seems to be yours, fresh, modern, contemporary literature for women today. Again, an unfounded one next to chick lit, but really growing. If I were you I would get my foot in that door quick, you could be one on top as it grows.

Essa a.k.a. Thayne Hudson
A Breath Floats By

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2009, 3:26:09 AM PST
Luvourpets says:
Thanks for the compliment on the title, Essa. It was actually the fourth one! But as I got to the end of the book, the final scene "wrote itself" and then the title was self-evident. That's my favorite experience as a writer: the words start coming out of nowhere and you aren't even sure where you are going until you've arrived. I hope you are right about the Women's Lit trend. I have 2 more in the works!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2009, 10:44:51 PM PST
You might consider "The Travels of Annie T. Hastings." Told mostly as a journal, fiery and irascible Annie travels across the country at seventy to find the daughter given up for adoption. Annie makes the trek in an old junker with her dangerously loyal dog Wooly. The story is often humorous and sometimes heartbreaking, but through all the adventures and misadventures Annie finds her daughter and finds inner-healing in a surprising twist. Told by Annie, filled with rich women characters, I would call this book WF. (see

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2009, 3:17:42 PM PST
Teacher27 says:
My first book, FIVE FINGER FICTION, drops on February 24, 2009. Lila, the protagonist, has a bit of a problem keeping her hands off other people's things. It is darkly funny.

Posted on Jun 3, 2009, 3:50:23 AM PDT
Ravyn Karasu says:
I'm rather new to publishing myself. I released my first novel " Akhetaten's Gates" in October of 2008. It's an interesting twist on the Amarna Period of ancient Egypt. Strangely, it's predominantly female-cast. I am still not sure if I did that on purpose or on accident LOL

Posted on Jun 14, 2009, 7:05:46 PM PDT
Hi Laura,

If you are still interested in interviewing 1st time authors, you might want to have a peek at "Aging with Grace". This has just been released, and I'd love to get your thoughtsd. The question the novel explores is, "Have you ever had a friend you knew was bad for you?" The main character is that toxic friend who stops at nothing once she realizes she has a chance at the fame and glamour she always dreamed of...

Available on Amazon now...

Aging with Grace

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2009, 2:28:17 PM PDT
My novel, Golondrina, why did you leave me? is the first Chicana novel to be published by Univ of Texas Press. My mother, a Mexican immigrant, told me everything, but how she crossed the border when she was barely eighteen years old. My novel is based on her secret, that she fell in love with the man who brought her to the Texas border. You can see my pubs and book cover at
Toda la suerte on your blog!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2010, 12:36:39 PM PST
Eva Pasco says:

First time Notes (238 pgs), available here at Amazon.

Short synopsis: Carla Matteo undergoes a midlife renaissance, unwittingly parlaying a fagrance addiction to find her own niche in the Second Act of Life while confronting a troubled past, sorting matters of the heart, redefining friendships, and coming to terms with the tenets of her life.

Contact email:

Thank you for initiating this thread.


Eva Pasco
Author, UNDERLYING NOTESUnderlying Notes

Posted on Nov 11, 2010, 4:40:55 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2012, 8:46:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 15, 2012, 8:49:26 AM PDT
LoveToRead says:
Try Lori Hayes at or at Gateway to the Past (A romantic novel of a second chance granted by a grandmotherly ghost)

Gateway to the Past
Katy O'Brien's seemingly perfect marriage has a pothole. She has never allowed herself to love anyone completely, not even her husband. Part of the problem is she has been dreaming about another man for over twenty years. Lately the dreams have been increasing in frequency and intensity. She has not seen her high school sweetheart, Justin Smart, in years-that is, until she returns to St. Louis. As she grapples with her past and the roads not taken, a myriad of unexpected feelings begins to surface.

Determined to face her inner demons, Katy reluctantly agrees to stay in the family house with her intimidating mother-for the first time since age eighteen. Tension is high as she drops back into the life she had fled and the friends she thought lost. When the ghost of Katy's grandmother, Nana, is concerned and tries to help, Katy accepts her offer of the chance to venture down a path not chosen. Katy awakens married to Justin, and the line between fantasy and reality quickly begins to blur. She races against the clock when she has to figure out why she is holding onto her feelings for Justin, before she forgets her real life. What she soon discovers is that the past holds the sacred key that unlocks a promising future.

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