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July 24, 2009, Finding the Fountain of Youth in Fiction, author Maggie Dana, guest host

The transcript below covers the complete #litchat conversation on July 24, 2009. The order appears sequentially from the first post to the final post. Topic was Finding the Fountain of Youth in Fiction, with guest host Maggie Dana (@maggiedana).

LitChat Welcome to #litchat. We’re concluding our topic of the week, FINDING THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH IN FICTION. Join us now in the LitChat salon. -12:58 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @mdbenoit Was scratching head over FOY … am really dense today. Took a while to figure it out. #litchat -12:59 PM Jul 24th, 2009
opinionatedant Think I l’ll check out #litchat to get an idea what it’s all about. -12:59 PM Jul 24th, 2009
murzee RT @maggiedana: RT @LitChat #litchat begins in 3 mins with guest host @maggiedana, author of BEACHCOMBING. #litchat -1:00 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mdbenoit I here. @maggiedana scared me into coming. LOL #litchat -1:00 PM Jul 24th, 2009
LitChat Joining us today is guest host @maggiedana, author of BEACHCOMING, a “coming of middle age” novel. Please welcome Maggie Dana! #litchat -1:00 PM Jul 24th, 2009
BFuniv Field of youth, FOY, sometimes it makes us do childish things; like pretend we are grown up. #litchat -1:00 PM Jul 24th, 2009
VanessaDobbs Hi everyone just seeing if tweetchat working #litchat -1:00 PM Jul 24th, 2009
hprw I’ve found my way back! Hello to @maggiedana, and all other @litchat people. #litchat -1:01 PM Jul 24th, 2009
pussreboots @VanessaDobbs It seems to be working. #litchat -1:02 PM Jul 24th, 2009
BFuniv Howdy all #litchat -1:02 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana Hi everyone. Thanks for having me. #litchat -1:02 PM Jul 24th, 2009
hprw @LitChat Maggie Dana is a wonderful writer. I’m glad she invited me here. #litchat -1:02 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @hprw Hi Jane! How’s the wine? #litchat -1:03 PM Jul 24th, 2009
LitChat Maggie, would you begin by telling us about BEACHCOMING and how it came to be? #litchat -1:03 PM Jul 24th, 2009
kashicat Looking forward to #litchat today -1:04 PM Jul 24th, 2009
hprw @maggiedana Too plentiful for me to make much sense, I’m afraid! Now get back to work. #litchat -1:05 PM Jul 24th, 2009
LitChat @BFuniv FOY is “Field of Youth”? I thought it was “Fountain of Youth,” which has been our topic all week. #litchat -1:06 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mdbenoit RT @maggiedana: It’s a coming-of-middle-age story about two old flames who try to reunite despite 35 years and an ocean apart. #litchat -1:07 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mdbenoit Twitter seems stalled again… #litchat -1:07 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana My last 2 posts haven’t appeared in TweetChat … but they’re on my Twitterfeed. Thanks, Dom for RTing. #litchat -1:07 PM Jul 24th, 2009
murzee tweetchat on the fritz? #litchat -1:07 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @murzee Nahh, it’s Twitter that’s crippled. #litchat -1:08 PM Jul 24th, 2009
pussreboots @mdbenoit @maggiedana How do the two old flames find each other after so long? #litchat -1:08 PM Jul 24th, 2009
LitChat RT @elizabethbuchan: @LitChat Hi everyone. Thank you for inviting me. Greetings from a cool rainy London #litchat -1:09 PM Jul 24th, 2009
BFuniv coming-of-middle-age, I like that (my tweet chats a prob too) #litchat -1:10 PM Jul 24th, 2009
LitChat RT @BFuniv: How does fountain of youth relate to your current works? #litchat -1:10 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maryelewis @maggiedana I’m soooooo looking forward to reading it! #litchat -1:10 PM Jul 24th, 2009
VanessaDobbs me too!RT @maryelewis: @maggiedana Im soooooo looking forward to reading it! #litchat -1:11 PM Jul 24th, 2009
pussreboots @maryelewis Me too. #litchat -1:11 PM Jul 24th, 2009
LitChat RT @maggiedana I love novels about strong, mddle-aged women, & when I complaind there weren’t enough, a friend told me to write one #litchat -1:11 PM Jul 24th, 2009
hprw @LitChat So you were writing about us, then! #litchat -1:12 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @maryelewis Hi Mary. Pls. send me your postal addy and I’ll get a copy to you. #litchat -1:12 PM Jul 24th, 2009
scgreen Hi all. As long as Twitter’s API whosit works today, I’ll chime in when I can. #litchat -1:13 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @hprw YES! Strong women. Just wish Twitter was as strong. #litchat -1:13 PM Jul 24th, 2009
elizabethbuchan @maggiedana You certainly gave us a marvellous character #litchat -1:14 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maryelewis @maggiedana I emailed you at your aol addy, you didn’t get it? #litchat -1:14 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana Speaking of strong women … @elizabethbuchan writes about them wonderfully. I adore her books and heroines. #litchat -1:15 PM Jul 24th, 2009
hprw @maggiedana I wish I was as strong: I forgot to ask you if we could arrange a giveaway on the series you have on my blog right now! #litchat -1:15 PM Jul 24th, 2009
kashicat Strong women. That’s the thing exactly. More & more lately I like both books & films about strong older women #litchat -1:15 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @maryelewis Never got it. DM it to me after litchat over. #litchat -1:15 PM Jul 24th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @kashicat I’vefound that too as I’ve got older #litchat -1:17 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maryelewis @maggiedana I can’t because Twitter says you’re not following me. #litchat -1:17 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @hprw Twitter’s being wimpy again. Needs strong women to give it a push, #litchat -1:17 PM Jul 24th, 2009
hprw @kashicat I know of agents who long to have more fiction for strong older women… there’s a dearth of writers addressing this. #litchat -1:17 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @maryelewis Fixed. And I was following you before, so Twitter lied! #litchat -1:18 PM Jul 24th, 2009
jbaddorf Wishing I could participate in #litchat from my ancient blackberry. *sigh* -1:18 PM Jul 24th, 2009
kashicat @hprw Hm….. #litchat -1:18 PM Jul 24th, 2009
elizabethbuchan There is still a big prejudice in UK publishing against what they see as middle aged whatever they say #LitChat -1:18 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maryelewis @maggiedana Mary Lewis, 409 Water Street, Jordan, Minnesota 55352 If anyone else wants to send books for review, well… 😀 #litchat -1:18 PM Jul 24th, 2009
murzee If we all like strong older women, why didn’t Hillary get elected? #litchat -1:18 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mdbenoit @hprw Anne Tyler is master at the art of older women as protags #litchat -1:19 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @elizabethbuchan It’s so silly because majority of serious readers are getting older all the time. #litchat -1:19 PM Jul 24th, 2009
redRavine @maggiedana Did the mixture of growing up in England, leaving for US in your 20’s – 2 places, 2 countries, affect your characters? #litchat -1:19 PM Jul 24th, 2009
elizabethbuchan Has anyone read her latest? #LitChat -1:19 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mdbenoit @elizabethbuchan Is it because of authors like Maryan Kayes? #litchat -1:20 PM Jul 24th, 2009
kashicat @elizabethbuchan Isnt’ that ridiculous? They’ve got a whole market out here just starving for bks about great women! #litchat -1:20 PM Jul 24th, 2009
elizabethbuchan @maggiedana Exactly, but the buyers in the business are very young. #LitChat -1:20 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @elizabethbuchan Same in the US. #litchat -1:21 PM Jul 24th, 2009
elizabethbuchan @mdbenoit Marion Keyes (who is lovely) would be the first to say that she will be older one day #LitChat -1:22 PM Jul 24th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @elizabethbuchan alsosome of the sellers are and don’talways have knowledge of books available #litchat -1:22 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana I’m always so thrilled to find novels with older protags, esp. if written by older writers. #litchat -1:22 PM Jul 24th, 2009
elizabethbuchan @kashicat That’s true. So we have to keep on saying this #LitChat -1:22 PM Jul 24th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @maggiedana older protags more believable if author older #litchat -1:23 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mdbenoit @elizabethbuchan Oops. Sorry for mangling her name. But she writes about women in 3o’s #litchat -1:24 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @VanessaDobbs I have, however, enjoyed novels w/older chars. but written by relative youngsters. #litchat -1:24 PM Jul 24th, 2009
elizabethbuchan @VanessaDobbs Thats true #LitChat -1:25 PM Jul 24th, 2009
elizabethbuchan @mdbenoit Yes. And very funny she is too #LitChat -1:25 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mdbenoit @elizabethbuchan Yes. She is the only “chicklit” I read. #litchat -1:26 PM Jul 24th, 2009
murzee tweetchat dropping posts… #litchat -1:26 PM Jul 24th, 2009
VanessaDobbs Agreed dolike her writing RT @elizabethbuchan: @mdbenoit Yes. And very funny she is too #litchat -1:26 PM Jul 24th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass Does BEACHCOMBING mirror anything in your life? What was your inspiration for the love story and how it played out? #litchat -1:26 PM Jul 24th, 2009
pussreboots @murzee Because she’s not qualified yet. #litchat -1:27 PM Jul 24th, 2009
murzee No less than O! RT @pussreboots: @murzee Because shes not qualified yet. #litchat -1:28 PM Jul 24th, 2009
redRavine RP: @maggiedana Did mixture of growing up in England, leaving for US in your 20’s – 2 places, 2 countries, affect your characters? #litchat -1:28 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maryelewis A Year On Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball is a fantastic book with older women characters. #litchat #litchat -1:28 PM Jul 24th, 2009
kashicat @murzee Looks like Tweetdeck is too, which I don’t usually experience. I’ve got Twitter open in 2 places now #litchat -1:28 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @CarolyBurnsBass I pulled on some old hurts (we all have those) and modeled a few chars. on friends who didn’t mind being in it. #litchat -1:28 PM Jul 24th, 2009
elizabethbuchan @maggiedana Was it an easy novel to write? #LitChat -1:29 PM Jul 24th, 2009
Melwyk RT What do we mean by strong older women?40’s,50’s? I’m late 30’s & more interested in those than very young protags #litchat #litchat -1:29 PM Jul 24th, 2009
pussreboots @murzee I think she is better suited for the job she has now. But this isn’t on topic. #litchat -1:29 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mdbenoit @maggiedana I’d say we all do that. Otherwise, story doesn’t have a “real” feel #litchat -1:30 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deberryandgrant @maggiedana @elizabethbuchan Sadly publishing is as ageist as other industries where market “trends” determine who an audience is #litchat -1:30 PM Jul 24th, 2009
LitChat RT @elizabethbuchan: @maggiedana A mark of the good writer if they do it well don’t you think? #LitChat -1:30 PM Jul 24th, 2009
LitChat RT @CarolyBurnsBass: @elizabethbuchan Many acquisitions editors are very young, as well. #litchat -1:30 PM Jul 24th, 2009
pussreboots RT @maryelewis: A Year On Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball is a fantastic book with older women characters. (love the title) #litchat -1:30 PM Jul 24th, 2009
kashicat @mdbenoit Do you think we always have to write char’s out of our own exper’s or can we write realistic char’s using imagination? #litchat -1:31 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @LitChat The young will get old. Would like to be fly on wall when they do. I’d even settle for senior fly. #litchat -1:31 PM Jul 24th, 2009
pussreboots @LitChat Can’t young acquisition editors be trained? #litchat -1:32 PM Jul 24th, 2009
LitChat RT @kashicat I remember being told, on resumes, take off jobs I did B4 job counsellors were born. Maybe younger sellers R problem? #litchat -1:32 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mdbenoit RT @maggiedana: We just have to hope we all live long enough to watch current Young Turkettes get gray hair and wrinkles. #litchat -1:32 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana Oops, never mind. Am already a senior fly. #litchat -1:32 PM Jul 24th, 2009
LitChat RT @maggiedana: @CarolyBurnsBass There are a few bits about my life, and the setting, in CT, is the same as where I live. #litchat -1:32 PM Jul 24th, 2009
pussreboots @deberryandgrant Maybe as boomers age there will be a market for a specialized publisher. #litchat -1:33 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana Erm, potty trained? RT @pussreboots @LitChat Can’t young acquisition editors be trained? #litchat #litchat -1:33 PM Jul 24th, 2009
kashicat @deberryandgrant One wd h ope market “trends” eventually have to trend upward in age. Unless they xclude boomers in principle #litchat -1:33 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @pussreboots They tried that in UK. Transita. Didn’t take off. #litchat -1:33 PM Jul 24th, 2009
LitChat RT @maggiedana: Character of Dutch Van Horne is exact image of guy I met in an AOL chatroom, 15 yeas ago! #litchat -1:33 PM Jul 24th, 2009
kashicat RT @maggiedana: @LitChat The young will get old. Would like to be fly on wall when they do. I’d even settle for senior fly. #litchat -1:34 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mdbenoit @kashicat It has to be a bit of both, IMO. #litchat -1:34 PM Jul 24th, 2009
pussreboots @maggiedana Trained to look for books interesting to older readers. #litchat -1:34 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deberryandgrant @pussreboots How much older do we have to be–a good %of boomers are now in their 60’s!! #litchat -1:34 PM Jul 24th, 2009
elizabethbuchan @maggiedana That could have been because they didn’t get good distribution? #LitChat -1:34 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maryelewis Why don’t some of you get together and become that publisher? #litchat #litchat -1:34 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mdbenoit @pussreboots Acquisition editors are given their marching orders, I’d say #litchat -1:34 PM Jul 24th, 2009
LitChat RT @elizabethbuchan: @LitChat That’s such a good point. The editors are so very young, many of them! #LitChat -1:34 PM Jul 24th, 2009
hprw @pussreboots Specialised publisher? Some have tried to do it but it’s not been 100% successful: Transita, anyone? #litchat -1:35 PM Jul 24th, 2009
kashicat @pussreboots We should *start* that specialized publisher, eh?? #litchat -1:35 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @elizabethbuchan Also, their covers weren’t that good, sadly. #litchat -1:35 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deberryandgrant @kashicat I continue to hope–and we have deliberately made the main female characters in our last 2 books 40 somethings. #litchat -1:35 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana <– would not want to be a publisher. #litchat -1:36 PM Jul 24th, 2009
elizabethbuchan @maggiedana Are you writing another book at the moment? #LitChat -1:36 PM Jul 24th, 2009
LitChat RT @pussreboots: @deberryandgrant Maybe as boomers age there will be a market for a specialized publisher. #litchat -1:36 PM Jul 24th, 2009
pussreboots @deberryandgrant What are the titles of your latest two? #litchat -1:36 PM Jul 24th, 2009
elizabethbuchan @deberryandgrant Sounds wonderful #LitChat -1:36 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mdbenoit @pussreboots Yes. I mean, publishing is a business. They’re not making the money decisions. Speaking from experience. #litchat -1:36 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deegospel I’m seeking some older readers for a client of mine. As a writer for RT, I know there are older readers, but where? #litchat -1:36 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana A delightful novel about 60-somethings is Jeanne Ray’s JULIE AND ROMEO. Romantic comedy at its best. #litchat -1:36 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mdbenoit @maggiedana Hear, hear. #litchat -1:36 PM Jul 24th, 2009
kashicat @hprw Yeah, I saw that tweet after I made mine. Still, there’s got to be *some* way to thumb noses as those whippersnappers. #litchat -1:37 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @elizabethbuchan Already written and on editor’s desk. About a birthmother who searches for child she gave up 35 years before #litchat -1:37 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deegospel @deberryandgrant kudos for that, hon! #litchat -1:37 PM Jul 24th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @maggiedana loved Julie and Romeo read it when much younger #litchat -1:37 PM Jul 24th, 2009
elizabethbuchan @maggiedana So when published? Will you be over in UK? #LitChat -1:38 PM Jul 24th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @maggiedana that sounds interesting willbe reading that too! #litchat -1:38 PM Jul 24th, 2009
hprw @kashicat I still say that SOME agents are looking for these books and will sell them… perhaps I’m deluded! #litchat -1:38 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @elizabethbuchan You bet. I had great fun in UK in June for Beachcombing launch. I shall return! #litchat -1:38 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @hprw I think it’s coming. Publishing not known for acting at warp speed. #litchat -1:39 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deegospel @maggiedana I don’t think they are acting at warp speed, but reacting at warp speed & often not wisely #litchat -1:40 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @VanessaDobbs Jeanne Ray has 4 other books. All good. J&R was her first. #litchat -1:41 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @elizabethbuchan When is your next novel coming out? Title? #litchat -1:41 PM Jul 24th, 2009
hprw @maggiedana Glad to hear it. Next time you’re here I’ll kidnap you. #litchat -1:41 PM Jul 24th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass Good editors and agents are trained to see commercial potential in books of all ages and theme, but some newbies are not yet adept. #litchat -1:41 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @hprw Kidnap? With wine? #litchat -1:42 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mdbenoit @maggiedana Have you read any of Anne Tyler’s? #litchat -1:42 PM Jul 24th, 2009
elizabethbuchan @maggiedana Just finishing now. Hope pub next spring in UK and US. Publisher wants to call it Seperate Beds… #LitChat -1:42 PM Jul 24th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @maggiedana hope to get round to reading rest but youknow somany books solittle time #litchat -1:42 PM Jul 24th, 2009
dosankodebbie I’m a translator based in Japan. Translating a short story about a man coping with post-retirement. #litchat -1:42 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana I’ve made so many new friends in UK because of my book, I’d love to get everyone together for a BIG party next year. #litchat -1:43 PM Jul 24th, 2009
hprw @maggiedana Not just wine: Champagne. Kettle Chips too, if you’re really lucky. Now get back on topic. #litchat -1:43 PM Jul 24th, 2009
Joe_Wallace Loved CROSSING TO SAFETY by Wallace Stegner RT @maggiedana: I’m always so thrilled to find novels with older protags #litchat -1:43 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @elizabethbuchan I’ll be first in line. Love the title. #litchat -1:43 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @mdbenoit Yes, have enjoyed Tyler very much. #litchat -1:43 PM Jul 24th, 2009
elizabethbuchan @maggiedana Thank you. Shall we meet mid air and swap our novels? #LitChat -1:44 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deberryandgrant @pussreboots What Doesn’t Kill You (2009) is the latest–heroine in her mid 40’s. Next book will have 40’s heroine too. #litchat -1:44 PM Jul 24th, 2009
hprw @CarolyBurnsBass I didn’t get any training when I was an editor: it was just decided that I had An Eye For Good Stuff. #litchat -1:44 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @elizabethbuchan Better yet, let’s meet in a pub, maybe in Devon! #litchat -1:44 PM Jul 24th, 2009
VanessaDobbs Just read the Rain before it FallsbyJonathan Coe. Lovely book with older protagonist #litchat -1:44 PM Jul 24th, 2009
elizabethbuchan @maggiedana You’re on #LitChat -1:45 PM Jul 24th, 2009
elizabethbuchan @hprw Are you still editing? #LitChat -1:45 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @hprw <—- has a smashing blog. http://bit.ly/10dqzX called HOW PUBLISHING REALLY WORKS. She even lets me rant on it now and then. #litchat -1:46 PM Jul 24th, 2009
hprw @elizabethbuchan Nope, not really–just a bit of freelancing now and again. I write these days. #litchat -1:46 PM Jul 24th, 2009
hprw @maggiedana I am now officially in love with you. #litchat -1:47 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deegospel @CarolyBurnsBass Yes.Also with the economy pubs aren’t seeking titles that speak to a niche older readers must show larger #s #litchat -1:47 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mizwrite Hi, all! Late to party. Great to read about your book(s), @maggiedana! Catching up in stream. … #litchat -1:47 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @elizabethbuchan <– has a villain in 1 novel who’s a heroine in the sequel. Takes a good writer to pull that one off. #litchat -1:48 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deberryandgrant @hprw champagne & kettle chips–very distracting from topic!!! #litchat -1:48 PM Jul 24th, 2009
pussreboots @deberryandgrant I’ve enjoyed their books in the past. Adding to my ever growing wishlist! #litchat -1:48 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @hprw LOL ! #litchat -1:48 PM Jul 24th, 2009
pussreboots @maggiedana Yes that’s an excellent blog: http://bit.ly/10dqzX #litchat -1:48 PM Jul 24th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @hprw YES! An Eye For Good Stuff. That’s intuition. A very necessary attribute for anyone working in creative field. #litchat -1:49 PM Jul 24th, 2009
hprw @maggiedana I shall have to buy both of Buchan’s books now… what a hardship! #litchat -1:49 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mdbenoit @maggiedana @elizabethbuchanwhich is the one with the villain? #litchat -1:49 PM Jul 24th, 2009
kashicat Villain in novel becomes heroine in next? I would *love* to read that! #litchat -1:49 PM Jul 24th, 2009
hprw @deberryandgrant I know–I’m sitting here with a spritzer in one hand and Kettle Chips in the other: it’s a wonder I can type. #litchat -1:49 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @hprw Show off! #litchat -1:50 PM Jul 24th, 2009
dosankodebbie I’m interested in difference in cultural perspectives on aging, since I’m translating one about Japan. Any advice? #litchat -1:50 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mizwrite @maggiedana Do books with older female protags HAVE to deal with “getting older”? Doesn’t seem true of older male protags? #litchat -1:50 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deberryandgrant @hprw where there’s a will… #litchat -1:50 PM Jul 24th, 2009
hprw @pussreboots Thank you! I especially like the post by that Dana woman…. #litchat -1:50 PM Jul 24th, 2009
kashicat @hprw Depending on how many spritzers, it may be a wonder you can read!! #litchat -1:51 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @kashicat Revenge of the Middle-Aged Housewife, then Wives Behaving Badly (Buchan) #litchat -1:51 PM Jul 24th, 2009
hprw @maggiedana Both are now on my to-buy list–thank you! #litchat -1:51 PM Jul 24th, 2009
kashicat @maggiedana *mwah* Thank you. #litchat -1:51 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @mizwrite No, I don’t think so. Best they show characters who’re comfortable with themselves, their bodies, their HAIR! #litchat -1:52 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deberryandgrant @mizwrite Of course not…they can just deal with whatever their story arc calls for. It’s no different from people who are #litchat -1:52 PM Jul 24th, 2009
kashicat @dosankodebbie Do you mean where to find out about cultural perspectives, or advice on translating 1 perspective into new language? #litchat -1:52 PM Jul 24th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass @hprw Even with intuition, a good editor self-trains by seeking info on aspects of publishing, like trend-spotting. #litchat -1:53 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deberryandgrant @mizwrite @maggiedana who are surprised that our books are not about being black, but about life. race/age, etc. does not have to #litchat -1:53 PM Jul 24th, 2009
kashicat @mizwrite That’s a good q. It’s like, does a gay char’s story have to be about “being gay,” a female char about “being female” etc? #litchat -1:53 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana Question: If ChickLit is for younger crowd, what’s a good label for ‘older’ books, other than ‘henlit’ … cluck, cluck #litchat -1:53 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deberryandgrant @mizwrite @maggiedana does not have to influence the story #litchat -1:53 PM Jul 24th, 2009
dosankodebbie @mizwrite Funny you should say that. Japanese men have a harder time “dealing” with post-retirement life than women. #litchat -1:53 PM Jul 24th, 2009
murzee Depends… RT @maggiedana: Question: If ChickLit is for younger crowd, whats a good label for older books, other than henlit … #litchat -1:54 PM Jul 24th, 2009
pussreboots @kashicat No. Gay lead characters don’t have only tell stories about being gay. Nor women about being female. #litchat -1:54 PM Jul 24th, 2009
elizabethbuchan @dosankodebbie That might be true in the West too #LitChat -1:54 PM Jul 24th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass Must check out HOW PUBLISHING REALLY WORKS by @hprw and read @maggiedana’s rants. Should be fun. #litchat -1:55 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mizwrite @maggiedana @deberryandgrant Yes, I like that a lot. Just focus on what we all have in common. … #litchat -1:55 PM Jul 24th, 2009
pussreboots @mizwrite I’ve read quite a number of male “mid life crisis” stories. #litchat -1:55 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mdbenoit @pussreboots women’s lit. It begs the question: aren’t 30 somethings women? #litchat -1:56 PM Jul 24th, 2009
kashicat @pussreboots That was the point I was making. The q. about whether aging chars’ stories having to be about aging is same type #litchat -1:56 PM Jul 24th, 2009
pussreboots @mdbenoit And that’s why when I read “chicklit” I only read ones where the chicks are in their teens. #litchat -1:56 PM Jul 24th, 2009
dosankodebbie @elizabethbuchan Are their books/stories about Western men dealing with post-retirement? Jpnese men lose all social status &friends #litchat -1:56 PM Jul 24th, 2009
kashicat @dosankodebbie @elizabethbuchan Yes, I was thinking that too. It may just be “men,” statistically, and not “Japanese/western men” #litchat -1:56 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @mdbenoit Good point. Of course, to me in my dotage, a 30-something is a teenager. #litchat -1:57 PM Jul 24th, 2009
EShahan Femlit? As long as the word ‘cougar’ does not appear. #litchat -1:57 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deberryandgrant @pussreboots @kashicat Exactly! #litchat -1:57 PM Jul 24th, 2009
CarolyBurnsBass How long did it take to get BEACHCOMBING published? #litchat -1:58 PM Jul 24th, 2009
hprw @CarolyBurnsBass Caroly, thank you! #litchat -1:58 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mdbenoit HUH? RT @maggiedana: Guys have blokelit, even geezerlit, and ladlit. Am stumped over this. #litchat -1:58 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mizwrite @pussreboots Yes, right after I typed that I started thinking of some! Miles Roby popped into mind from Empire Falls! #litchat -1:58 PM Jul 24th, 2009
pussreboots @maggiedana I’m in my 30s but I can’t relate to a lot of 30 somethings in fiction. #litchat -1:58 PM Jul 24th, 2009
elizabethbuchan @maggiedana Thank you so much for inviting me in… it’s been wonderful talking to everyone. I hope we speak again. Goodnight #LitChat -1:58 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deegospel @EShahan lol #litchat -1:58 PM Jul 24th, 2009
pussreboots @EShahan The only places I’ve seen “cougar” used that way is on twitter and in a CSI episode. #litchat -1:59 PM Jul 24th, 2009
VanessaDobbs @elizabethbuchan Goodnight Elizabeth #litchat -1:59 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mizwrite @pussreboots But so many older male spy characters, etc., in genre where their age could be 25 or 55 … You can hardly tell. #litchat -1:59 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mdbenoit @pussreboots Maybe because you live in another country #litchat -2:00 PM Jul 24th, 2009
LitChat @elizabethbuchan Thank you for stopping by, Elizabeth. Hope you stay up and join us again. #litchat -2:00 PM Jul 24th, 2009
linc0lnpark SAD DAY 4 #AUTHORS:The Associated Press: Author E. Lynn Harris dies at age 54 http://ow.ly/i8pv #ripelynn #celebrity #litchat #books -2:00 PM Jul 24th, 2009
kashicat RT @maggiedana: @mdbenoit Good point. Of course, to me in my dotage, a 30-something is a teenager. #litchat [shrieking] -2:00 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deegospel LOL maggiedana i don’t want to be a teenager, Maggie 😦 i’m loving 36 hard #litchat -2:00 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deberryandgrant @linc0lnpark Yes, having a very hard time with this today. #litchat -2:00 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mizwrite RT @EShahan: Femlit? As long as the word ‘cougar’ does not appear. #litchat {ha! Agreed!} -2:01 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deberryandgrant @mdbenoit @maggiedana Aren’t we all trying to get rid of “labels” anyway? We did a litchat about that a few months ago. #litchat -2:01 PM Jul 24th, 2009
dosankodebbie @kashicat I don’t need translating advice, but want to know how my char differs in his struggles from a western character #litchat -2:02 PM Jul 24th, 2009
pussreboots @mdbenoit Lucky me then. The only cougars around here are the mountain lions that eat dogs and joggers. #litchat -2:02 PM Jul 24th, 2009
redRavine RT @EShahan Femlit? As long as the word ‘cougar’ does not appear. #litchat -2:03 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mdbenoit Gotta go. It’s been fun, Maggie, despite the threats 🙂 Have a great w/e, y’all #litchat -2:03 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @litchat I know you have to leave, but THANK YOU so much for letting me hang out here today. #litchat -2:03 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @mdbenoit Bye, Dom. See ya soon. #litchat -2:04 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mizwrite @deberryandgrant Sometimes I think labels help readers, though. Now knowing of these books w/older protags, I’d seek them out! #litchat -2:04 PM Jul 24th, 2009
kashicat @dosankodebbie I suspect that wd. be one difference, then: that a W’n man doesn’t necessarily lose status #litchat -2:04 PM Jul 24th, 2009
VictoriaMixon When I was 35, the Norwegian activist Odd dePresno said to me, “Ah, 35. A dangerous age!” @pussreboots im loving 36 hard (Me too) #litchat -2:04 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deberryandgrant @VictoriaMixon So is 45 and 55 if you do it right! And I’m hoping the same for 65! #litchat -2:06 PM Jul 24th, 2009
redRavine QM: Still chuckling… RT @maggiedana: Character of Dutch Van Horne is exact image of guy I met in an AOL chatroom, 15 yeas ago. #litchat -2:06 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deberryandgrant @mizwrite It is a double-edged problem. Offering guidance to those seeking a particular genre or sub-genre w/o alienating others… #litchat -2:07 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @deberryandgrant 65 is brilliant. #litchat -2:07 PM Jul 24th, 2009
deberryandgrant @maggiedana That’s my plan! #litchat -2:08 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @deberryandgrant I have a best friend who is 76. She’s my role model. She makes it look easy and wonderful. #litchat -2:09 PM Jul 24th, 2009
mizwrite @maggiedana Have you written fiction all your life? #litchat -2:09 PM Jul 24th, 2009
LitChat So our official 1-hr chat is still going strong. Maggie’s gracious enough to stick around for a while longer, so please continue. #litchat -2:10 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @mizwrite Wrote my first book (for kids) when 39. Before that, nothing. #litchat -2:11 PM Jul 24th, 2009
LitChat Let’s all give @maggiedana a HUGE thank you for joining us today and for her cheerful and enthusiastic support of #litchat -2:11 PM Jul 24th, 2009
maggiedana @LitChat Thanks, again, for letting me loose on #litchat! It’s been fabulous, and Twitter cooperated, more or less. #litchat -2:12 PM Jul 24th, 2009

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