When I started trying to move across from academic to commercial non-fiction writing, the agent I was initially working with liked the idea of my writing about motherhood. There followed many attempts to find a proposal that would suit me and satisfy a commercial market, although I never did find one in the end. But I had fun trying. The following were two test chapters I wrote, although the whole book never materialised.
I’ve also been writing for a couple of literary journals on the web, with a biographical or memoir slant, although I readily admit that biography I find extremely hard to do.
For Open Letters Monthly, a piece about Marguerite Duras and her important late-in-life love affair with her homosexual muse, Yann-Andrea Steiner.
For Cerise Press, a piece about writing the academic book on pornography.
Women’s Stories, Women’s Lives by Victoria Best
And this, unpublished, is my longest sustained piece of biography, an account of Colette’s life that focuses on a particular crisis she went through in late middle age, when she lived out the premise of her most successful novel and had an affair with her teenaged stepson.