Monday, October 19th, 2009


“In a not-too-distant future Boston, 18-year-old Lyn has come of age in the male-dominated, corporate-controlled culture of the neo-gladiator lifestyle. All seven of her fathers were champion Glads, trained warriors in the style of their ancient Roman predecessors. Lyn’s mother... more »

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Author Q&A’s and Writing Exercises

Here are links to author Q&A’s and two books on fiction writing exercises along with short essays I wrote: Fiction Illuminations, by Sherry Ellis, Red Hen Press (This book focuses on my first two novels, and craft and process questions... more »

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Readings and Visits

In the past few years, I’ve given readings and talks at PEN New England events, the Harvard Club, endless bookstores, colleges and universities, conferences, and on radio and television. With a long background in teaching—and a little bit of theater... more »

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Female Gladiators in Ancient Rome?

Click here to read the answer, find out other interesting facts, and get recommended reading on Ancient Rome.

Friday, August 28th, 2009

How Girl in the Arena Came Into Being

Dear Teachers, Librarians and Parents reading Girl In The Arena, Recently, I was asked how on earth I ever came up with the idea of writing about Lyn, a neo-gladiator’s daughter, living in current day Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s not easy... more »

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Reading Group Guide for Girl in the Arena

Do you see Girl in the Arena as satire, fantasy or realism? Why? Girl in the Arena tackles topics such as commercialization, violence, and women’s rights. Do you see Lise Haines’s depiction of these themes as a reflection of our current society... more »