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About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is a writer living in northern Israel whose novel, A Remarkable Kindness, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in August. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, and other publications. Her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker) was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award.

Anita Diamant: On The Red Tent, Writing, And Her Latest Novel, The Boston Girl

I am honored to welcome Anita Diamant whose novels include The Red Tent, Day After Night, and her latest, The Boston Girl. Diana Bletter:  I admire the way you are able to write historical fiction in such a way that … Continue reading

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Six Tips For Writers: What I Learned As COMMENTARY Publishes My Story, “One Kiss, One Baby, One God”

Nothing to do today? You can read my short story in Commentary Magazine here. It just came out. I am honored to be published in this respected journal. I sent this story in to the slush pile and the editor, … Continue reading

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18 New Year’s Resolutions Ending With: Live The New Year One New Day at a Time.

What’s your word for 2015? Mine is joy. I plan to seek joy each day. We think our time on the planet is limitless but there are only a certain number of hours left. Which is why I spent one … Continue reading

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Tool For Tuesday. Think. Especially in this Harried, Hyperbolic Holiday Season

I got entangled in a family dispute the other day. One of those silly arguments that flare up and everyone gets worked up. I told myself not to jump in but I was unable to stop myself and suddenly I … Continue reading

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One Key to Writing Success: Ask Yourself This Question

The other day I spoke to a woman who told me she wrote a creative non-fiction essay for the first time in her life. Francesca was now trying to get it published in wide-circulation magazines and was getting a lot … Continue reading

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1 Thanksgiving Message From Karen Casey: There is No Such Thing As Bad Luck. Only Lessons to Move Us Forward.

Diana Bletter: Today I welcome Karen Casey, author of Each Day a New Beginning, A Woman’s Spirit, Let Go Now, and more than a dozen books on spirituality. I have cherished my dog-eared, torn, ripped, scribbled-on copy of Each Day a … Continue reading

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Judge a Book By Its Cover: My Novel, A Remarkable Kindness

I posted the book jacket of A REMARKABLE KINDNESS on my FB page but now present it here. Can you tell a book by its cover? Doesn’t this cover make you want to dive right in? The work of this … Continue reading

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The Tin Horse Author Janice Steinberg’s Rule #1 On Writing: Go Toward What Scares You

I’d like to welcome novelist Janice Steinberg whose novel, The Tin Horse, (Random House) has been translated in four languages with Portuguese and Japanese in the works. Diana Bletter: How did you move from writing as an arts journalist to … Continue reading

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Six Lessons I Learned from a Dead Bird

I sat down to eat my breakfast the other day and promptly heard a boom against the window. I looked and saw a bird conked out on the pavement. The bird must have hit the window, conked its head, and … Continue reading

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Andria Williams’ Debut Novel: The Longest Night

I’m happy to welcome Andria Williams, who just sold her debut novel, The Longest Night, to Random House. The sale of her novel (originally called The Falls) and the sale of my novel, A Remarkable Kindness (originally called The Women’s … Continue reading

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