Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Writers 4 Writers

Okay, I admit it. I am a lousy photographer. My hands always shake like crazy and everything looks grainy. I never do anybody justice. Maybe that's why I practice writing instead - I want to understand and see the world through words.

Yet today these awesome women, writer ninjas, gracefully acquiesced to me chronicling evidence of our lunch together on the Upper West Side of NYC. From left to right are Rebecca Stead, Daphne Grab, Deborah Heiligman, and Jeanne Betancourt.We have been meeting for lunch the first Thursday of the month for about a year now.  Not everybody can always make it (for instance, today we were missing Elizabeth Winthrop, Lucy Frank and Carolyn Mackler) but we appear at the restaurant in various constellations. I haven't been able to see these friends for the past two months, and was almost afraid that these lunches had been a figment of my imagination, and the relationships I had begun to forge dust in the wind.

But they were still there. You all know that I have been freaking out about the upcoming publication of Edges. You know that I have planted the seeds in so many ways and I am waiting for things to sprout. (Edges, Writopia in Northern Westchester, the FREAKING house stuff, my WIP . . . did I mention the freaking house?)

Yes, these women were still there. All of them, down to earth and real, with their own ups and downs. "You've got to put on your suit of armor," Deborah said to me. "You have to balance between between being excited, but also not caring so much because," she paused again, staring into my eyes. "You'll be writing other books."

Yes! We lingered for over two hours, and I can't tell you much else for BREACH of friendship contract! I am  only allowed to spill MY guts on here after all, not others.


  1. Thats a fine picture.......
    when did you publish EDGE ?
    How many books have you published?

  2. Awww . . . thank you so much John!

    EDGES comes out on December 7th and it is my very first novel. I hope that you will enjoy reading it!

    Thank you for writing!

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