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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

'Happy Endings' Are Her Writing Rewards

“I used to feel defensive when people would say, 'Yes, but your books have happy endings', as if that made them worthless, or unrealistic. Some people do get happy endings, even if it's only for a while. I would rather never be published again than write a downbeat ending.” – Marian Keyes
Born in Limerick, Ireland on this date in 1963, Keyes is both a novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for her work in women's literature.   A multiple winner of the Irish Book Awards, she has sold over 35 million copies of her novels, which have now been translated into 33 languages.  Among her best-known works are Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married and This Charming Man.

Keyes began writing short stories while suffering from alcoholism and after treatment came out with her award-winning novel Watermelon.   She also has written frankly about clinical depression, which left her unable to sleep, read, write, or talk.  After a long hiatus due to severe depression, she wrote her bestseller Saved by Cake
“I used to write in bed, starting when I woke up,” she said.   “I believe that creative work comes from our subconscious mind, so I try to keep the gap between sleep and writing as minimal as possible.” 
                                    “Writing about feeling disconnected has enabled me to connect, and that has been the most lovely thing of all.”

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