Blog - The Writing Life

The Butterfly

Posted by Roberta Grimes • December 04, 2016 • 29 Comments

I was very close to my mother-in-law. She lived with us for the final decade of her life, and she often confided in me things that at the time I could neither understand nor imagine. This wizened little lady with the wrinkled face and the artificial hip had been a dancer, a balletic skater, and... Read More


Posted by Roberta Grimes • December 07, 2014 • 0 Comment

This year I have published seven books. Three are reissues of books in print, but four are newly out this year. It seems an insane achievement, like the time when I was terrified of heights but still I climbed on an open staircase to the top of St. Paul’s Cathedral dome. I really loved St.... Read More

Writing Your First Novel

Posted by Roberta Grimes • January 19, 2014 • 0 Comment

As I was preparing to republish My Thomas and publish the first two of the Letters From Love novels, I had to “come out” to my legal clients and to friends who had never known me as a writer. Especially with people who had long known me as their business attorney, I had some strange... Read More


Posted by Roberta Grimes • December 14, 2013 • 0 Comment

The biggest lesson I had to learn about writing fiction is that the writer doesn’t write the story. Instead, these supposedly fictional people come alive at some point, and they take over. If the writer won’t let that happen, the story dies on the page. It was Pearl Buck who made me want to learn... Read More