Author Archives: Belle Brett

About Belle Brett

Belle Brett is a proud graduate of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator program. As a child, she produced what would now be called graphic novels, but alas, only the drawings remain as the words were strictly in the oral tradition. Now, several degrees and careers later (teacher, career counselor, researcher), she writes mostly novel length fiction, (no pictures, but with a cinematic flavor), about coming of age across the life span. She has completed two novels: How to Write a Best Seller, about two middle-aged friends who decide, as a solution to their respective problems, to pen a best seller about a woman with a perfect life, and Gina in the Floating World, the tale of a young woman, whose stint as a bar hostess in Tokyo leads her down a darker path. Her short story, “Heartbreak Hotel,” about the same protagonist, was published in Del Sol Review. In addition to writing, she is an artist and enjoys traveling and dancing with her husband and aging contemporaries to live music in the dive bars of Somerville and Cambridge. All of it is grist for her writing mill.

The Sound of One Hand Clapping

I am not a Buddhist (although I have researched Buddhism in the service of one of my novels), but I’ve spent time pondering in relation to my writing a variant of the famous Buddhist kōan*: You can hear the sound…

Creative Symbiosis

Before I wrote regularly, I made art. My mother was an artist and art teacher, so I guess it was in my DNA. As a child, I drew stories — graphic novels without written words. As a young adult, I…