Things that inspire me to write #84: Kate Moss

In a recent Vanity Fair interview Kate Moss recently confessed to all the emotional turmoil and anxiety she suffered during her early modeling career. For someone who has for so long been presented as the epitome of physical perfection, it took a lot courage to admit that in truth, she felt far from that. So […]

Read More

What matters most: a writer’s rejection

After five years of Penguin wishes and Harper Collins dreams, I have finally come to the conclusion that my memoir manuscript about working as a model in Japan may never be published. According to the most recent rejection, this one from Scholastic, there just isn’t much of demand for life stories in the young adult […]

Read More

In Search of the Ultimate Author Bio

Recently, agent (and yes, writing that phrase still makes me feel all special and bubbly inside)  asked me to put together bio. And I must say, so far the task has proved even more challenging than writing the 58 000 manuscript it is supposed to be promoting. What makes a great author bio?  What makes […]

Read More

the perpetual wannabe…

Now that I’m no longer two, I don’t often get chastised—but I did recently.  It happened after I referred to myself as a wannabe writer in an email, to which my friend replied “dude, don’t you think you’re more than that by now?” I don’t. Funny thing is I remember feeling the exact same way […]

Read More

The Universe Will deliver…more than pizza and Chinese food

Everything that is coming into your life you are attracting into your life.  And it’s attracted to you by virtue of the images you are holding in your head…(The Secret, page 4)” If you haven’t already seen it, The Secret is a documentary film about the power of positive thinking in which most of the interviewees […]

Read More

Dear loser: the joy of the rejection letter

When I was sixteen and selling my face to Japanese marketers, my agent told me not to take rejection personally.  “It’s just a business” she said, “don’t get down if some clients don’t like your look.”  It didn’t work then, either. I received my first proper rejection from a literary agent about a year ago—and […]

Read More