Why I Write What I Write



Coming November 14, 2016

A funny, enlightening book for anyone who's had a mother...or pain...or shame.

New e-book: Material for Character Actors -- all ages and races; click "Monologues" for more information and FREE monologues.

Girl Stories & Game Plays: An Anthology of Stories and Plays, click here to purchase, or call 1-800-AUTHORS.

edited by Betsy Robinson; see Edna Robinson page on top banner

Betsy & Edna Robinson, writing partners. See Edna Robinson page for information about The Trouble with the Truth
See Marbles page and Conversations with Mom for full story.

My Works


The Last Will & Testament of Zelda McFigg
Big Moose Prize-winning novel about a woman who feels invisible and will stop at nothing to be seen. A comedy.

Plan Z by Leslie Kove
• A funny, sometimes sad, story of negotiating life without a clue.

• A Catcher in the Rye for the 1970s generation.

• An entertaining tale for anybody who has ever grown up.


Leslie Kove has struck out at life plans A through Y, and decides the only plan left is to tell her story — Plan Z.

She recounts her bumbling, at times hilarious, journey through the Vietnam era and New York City in the 70s and 80s.

To read an excerpt, click on title (above, and in Selected Works column at right).

The Practice: Dee and Bea's Quick & Easy Guide to Enlightenment
Coming soon: Meet Dee, an intellectual with a disreputable past and a passion for food, sex, and fashion, and Bea, the former star of antacid and hemorrhoid commercials who dislikes most everything except Dee. The two decide to become self-proclaimed best-selling spiritual experts after Dee has a dream that they are. The tale of their journey to enlightenment takes place over meals, and each chapter ends with a spiritual practice—written not only to entertain, but to offer a deeper, truer, and certainly a funnier kind of wisdom than the plethora of “how-to-be-spiritual” books.

Available FREE on Kindle Unlimited, and CHEAP on regular Kindle.

Conversations with Mom
A funny, enlightening little book for anybody who's had a mother ... or pain ... or shame ... or any combination. Click on the title to see more and excerpts.

Girl Stories & Game Plays
18 stories and 3 one-act plays for everyone who enjoys a good laugh, a cathartic cry, and an entertaining tale.

Includes Darleen Dances, Pretending, and Jakey, Get Out of the Buggy (listed below; click on title to read).

Praise

"Your turns of phrase — creative freedom with language — turned me on throughout; that's the reason why people still read. I laughed out loud! A ticklish read from start to finish."
—Jason Love, syndicated humor writer

"I was seduced into believing these were just ‘stories’ and then was zinged with surprising twists. The precision of the writing is gripping, dialogue is riveting. Each story stands on its own but then becomes a part of a greater whole, with some characters appearing and reappearing, as though they want us to know them better."
—Diane Booth, psychotherapist

Darleen Dances
A funny play about finding God.

The opening monologue to Darleen Dances is published in Moving Parts: Monologues from Contemporary Plays, Viking Penguin, 1992.

For more information, click on the play title (above or in Selected Works at right).

An updated version of the play is in
Girl Stories & Game Plays.

Jakey, Get Out of the Buggy
"Grampa Jake was a nasty, short-tempered, mean-spirited, frequently rude, sometimes sullen, usually drunk sonofabitch with no patience for anything or anybody, but I mean that in a good way."

Angels come in all forms...






Marbles
This story changed my life. It's all true. My hope is that it will reach anybody who needs it.


How I Can Help You
Betsy Robinson — Editing Services


I offer gentle help for writers and non-writers who want to produce books, brochures, press releases, newsletters, etc.

Click on title (here or in right column) to learn more.

Selected Works

novel
Big Moose Prize-winning novel
a funny, sometimes sad, story of negotiating life without a clue

Coming soon — a funny book for foodies who are committed to self-change through self-awareness
an epistolary memoir ... sort of
A funny and moving little book for anyone who's had a mother or struggled with being human.
anthology of stories and plays
includes Darleen Dances and stories below

play
1-act play

short story
the problem with worrying about the future

true story
Why I don't believe in death.

Editing Services

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