Is it autobiographical? Well, sort of…

One of my friends told me:

“Your writing is about you, writers write about other people”.

It stung.

But it is complicated.

Yes, the main character of Woman with (no) Strings Attached and my finished, but so far unpublished sequel has some of my life, and my personality and characteristics, her thoughts are my thoughts.

But in both books, but especially in my sequel, her story is not my story and our lives are different.

The man I describe as Tom has many characteristics of the man I love, but again, the character’s life is very different.

Lucie’s family is only partly my family, and several of the characters in the sequel are mixtures of several people I know and my imagination.


I hope people reading it will get it. People who know me well will, because they know my life is different.

I still hope they will like my books- the new edited first one, and the sequel.

My editing is almost over, now I have to find a publisher.

I am also writing a third book, completely different.

I treat writing as a job, apart from the fact that no employer would let me get such a lot of holidays!

Life is fun.


Fiction or memoir? Well, both.


Are my books fiction or memoir? Well, both.

When I wrote my first book, I meant to publish it as a novel. I sent three chapters to a well-known French author. She read the chapters, and advised me to publish it as memoir. With hindsight, maybe that was not the best advice.

Of course, all writing is autobiographical.

“Madame Bovary, c’est moi” said Flaubert.

My favourite Junot Diaz – his novels feel autobiographical, many others, too. But are they?

So Lucie in my books is me, my thoughts, my way of thinking. Many other characters are real people in my life, but their names, stories and descriptions are fiction. Lucie’s life is not my life. She is not me and I am not her.

And now I have my sequel almost ready for publishing, and I am re-writing my “Woman with (no) Strings Attached”, mainly making it shorter, both to be published at the same time sometimes next year probably.

And in the sequel again, the old disclaimers are true:

I copied and pasted this two from “The Book Designer”

  • This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

My addition:

Not coincidental, but fictionalised all the same. I took real people’s thoughts, characteristics and some stories, and put them into blender of my imagination together with lots of thoughts, people and stories I made up. The result is something which feels real. But is than not what good fiction should do?

Remember “Memoirs of the Geisha”?

The writer was an American man, not a Japanese woman. Yet, it felt real.

Hopefully, my books feel real, too. They must do. I recently started blogging my 100 words blogs- from a closed group of fellow writers. Every week, I try to condense one of the chapters of my sequel to 100 words.

Some time ago, one of my sons phoned me to ask if I was all right. He seemed worried.  I did not understand. “Why shouldn’t I be?” I asked. Then I realised that he read my blog.

Blog about a sad woman in love. He was relieved to find out that like a lot of my writing, it was pure fiction.

Maybe I should take this as a compliment to my writing. That it is very much like true life. But it is fiction, and unlike the woman in my sequel, I am happy.

But as the wise Julie Maloney from Women Reading Aloud says. “Remember, it is fiction!”





Going it alone, scary and exhilarating, wish me luck.

I am changing things.

I am leaving Authoright with the Clink Street Publishing. Somehow, it no longer worked for me.
I will use the opportunity to re-write my first book a bit – mainly culling some parts- I am a woman of many words. I will re-publish it together with my sequel. maybe even break it into a trilogy. That will help me not to have to be so careful about not writing too much.

I will use kindle direct publishing. I should have done that the first-time round, but I  did not have a clue how it all works.

I learn from my mistakes.

Like with my sexual revolution and writing, I learnt a lot.
I will need to find a publishing editor, proof-reader and cover designer, but I hopefully know what I am doing, second time round.
This will mean my book might not be available for some time, so if any of you want it, get it on amazon now.…/…/ref=sr_1_1……/…/ref=sr_1_1…


It is a bit scary, like fast skiing. But I like that!

Wish me luck!



Nope, it is NOT Erotica

book blogToday, I looked at my book Amazon page and found two nice reviews that I did not know about. I never look. One recent, one a year old. From strangers.

 Here is what they said:

4.0 out of 5 stars

Interesting, Good Read

By Some Chick on August 4, 2016

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

This is an interesting book. I enjoyed the voice of the storyteller and her pragmatic way of speaking. This isn’t a naughty erotica story. It’s a novel about a 50-something woman’s awakening in her own life. It doesn’t just cover sex, which she finally learns to enjoy. This book shows the personal growth of a strong woman taking charge of her life. I especially liked the titbits taking me into thoughts and memories of communist Prague. I’m looking forward to more by this author.

the next one

5.0 out of 5 stars

Great book

By Brad Powellon September 13, 2015

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

This book is fascinating, the writer does a great job describing this awesome stories.

I highly recommend this book, a must read.

 It is so nice when readers review a book, I should do it more often. And my readers have been very kind.

It made me think about the only bad review I had.  This negative review amused me, because the reviewer, a man, said:

 “It’s only potential value is as a primer on how to *not* write erotic literature. “

laughing-smiley-face-clip-art-smiley-face-clip-art10 (1)Funny !

The reason why it was funny was the fact that although my book has a lot of sex in it- so has life- it is by no means Erotica. I would be indeed more worried if it was praised as erotic literature.

I looked up Erotica definition:

Erotic literature comprises fictional and factual stories and accounts of human sexual relationships which have the power to or are intended to arouse the reader sexually.

Well, my book has sex in it, lots of sex. But life often has a lot of sex in it. I really do not think my chapters about sex have the power to arouse the reader sexually.

But even if they do, they were not intended to arouse the reader sexually.

So no, IT IS NOT EROTICA! And yes, I am shouting.

I do not like books being pigeon holed into genres anyway. But “A Woman with (no) Strings Attached” is a love story. It is also about politics, dating, breaking taboos, and about self- discovery.


A reader wishing to be sexually aroused would be disappointed.

And that is a good thing!

My Plans:

I am thinking about editing my first book a bit, making it shorter, and then publishing both parts together, maybe even dividing it all into a trilogy.

I am parting company with Authoright, but the action from their side is painfully slow.I am getting a bit impatient. But it will happen.

I am going to Prague, my native city for two weeks, so won’t have time for writing anyway.




Losing prejudices is hard, but I have managed to lose one

Ever since June, I like groups of other women more.

This summer, I got a revelation. I never liked being in a group of other women, I always had female and male friends, but if it was a group, I always preferred to be with men, or in a mixed group. Somehow, I found men easier. They seemed more direct, less manipulative, nicer.

Then I joined Women reading aloud Writer’s retreat in Greece in June.Apart from me, they were all American ( one Canadian). Are the Americans nicer?


I blogged about it, remember?

Those women were different. It was not the fact that they were all smart and educated, most of my friends are. It was the fact that they were kind, non-judgemental, tolerant, and such fun to be with!

Last week, one of the writer’s group, Joanie came to visit me. She was coming to Europe, and asked if she could “pop in”.

She left today.

I had three days of company of a quirky, smart, nice woman, and we felt as if we were old friends.

We talked almost non-stop, but we also listened.

I listened to something she wrote, she started reading my book.


I feel  really close to all those other women from the retreat. I cannot wait to go again next year.


One of my prejudices- against women’s groups is gone.

Losing prejudices is always a good thing!

Thank you, all!



Another radio interview.


So here you are:

After my interview with the lovely C.K. Webb was jinxed by her illness, my technological problems, and then the snow storms in the US in January, it finally happened today.

Exciting and scary. You can have a listen if you click the above link.

The soundtrack is slightly muddled occasionally, plus that Czech accent of mine! It gets worse when I am nervous. Doing a transatlantic interview over Skype, not ideal. The recording is a bit clunky. Or is it “clanky”?


I am not sure if the listeners even understood my reading. We’ll see.

The broadcaster was kind, nice, enthusiastic. She was well prepared and even knew my blog!

Now I can go back to my sequel writing.

I think it will be ready for editing in about a month. I should really stop having so much fun and get to the work. I should start treating the writing as a job. I enjoy the writing, but of course, the editing will the hard work. I am a woman of many words. I have to get rid of many of them!

It is really difficult, but necessary. I need to cut cut cut, till it is all neat and less verbose.

I have already arranged it with Cling Street Publishing, and their editing will help me to make it even neater and smaller.

I will ask them to be brutal!

So now I am curious. will listening to this interview make people also more curious to read my book?

Let’s hope so!