Chaos Outside the Study Door: Virginia Pye on Balance in Writing and Life

   Last night, at a bookstore reading in Boston to celebrate the launch of her second novel, the author mentioned the “mental multitasking” required of women writers. We must live double lives, she said, or even triple, I’d suggest, as we juggle writing, paid work, and often, family. The day before, an aspiring writer and … Continue reading Chaos Outside the Study Door: Virginia Pye on Balance in Writing and Life

Guest Blogger Virginia Pye: A Restless Writer Comes Full Circle

   A little over a month ago, I moved back home. Not into the house where I grew up, because it’s been torn down. Not into the suburban town where I was raised, because it’s crowded with young families, and my husband and I are now empty nesters looking for a more urban life. But I … Continue reading Guest Blogger Virginia Pye: A Restless Writer Comes Full Circle

“Hawking My Wares”: Virginia Pye on a writer’s ever-expanding skill set

   On a recent sunny Saturday in May, I sat at a table just inside the door of a Barnes & Noble in my hometown and hawked my wares. I’d done book events at the two indie bookstores in Richmond, and was now happy to be hosted by the community relations manager at the B&N … Continue reading “Hawking My Wares”: Virginia Pye on a writer’s ever-expanding skill set

A conversation with Virginia Pye about RIVER OF DUST: “I’d grown up with China in my consciousness”

  Virginia Pye’s debut novel, River of Dust, was published last year to acclaim by critics and fellow writers. Inspired by her grandfather’s missionary work in early 20th century China, Pye transformed his journals into a compelling story of a young missionary couple whose child is kidnapped by Mongol nomads and the life-altering effect it … Continue reading A conversation with Virginia Pye about RIVER OF DUST: “I’d grown up with China in my consciousness”

Blau, Levitt and Pye stand out in SheBooks’ mini e-book offerings

     SheBooks specializes in mini e-books “by and for women,” typically in the form of two short stories, a novella, essays, or a brief memoir, all priced at a reasonable $2.99. For about the cost of a Starbucks beverage, you can purchase high-quality reading in the perfect length for a morning commute (or two). SheBooks … Continue reading Blau, Levitt and Pye stand out in SheBooks’ mini e-book offerings

My Favorite Books of 2015 (and those I regret not reading…yet)

2015 was a terrific year for fiction by women. I say that based on my own reading, along with reviews and word of mouth among people whose judgment I trust. There were more books on my TBR list this year than ever before, but I didn’t make nearly as much progress as I’d hoped because … Continue reading My Favorite Books of 2015 (and those I regret not reading…yet)