by Melissa Aronczyk

Writing Minds

Three first time novelists, one in her 20s, one in her 30s, one in her 40s- talk about why they write, what inspires them, and why their stories aren't for eveyone 

Our introduction to Julie Davis is innocuous enough: “…Another young, tallishly attractive girl in a fur-lined leather coat walking across Broadway.” The protagonist of Amy Koppelman’s first novel, A Mouthful of Air, could be your best friend, a next-door neighbor, a woman applying lipstick in the reflection of a store window. But Julie lives in a world where buying peaches consumes the entire day, a trip to the park is a near-disaster, and neither therapy, medication, nor the love of a devoted husband and children can penetrate her solitary shell of depression.

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