January 6, 2016

Wednesday Writing Wisdom (41) Penny Vincenzi




"Every book has an Act Three, a turning point when something happens that means nothing can ever be the same again.”



Penny Vincenzi
(April 1939)

Fun Facts about:



Vincenzi came to the novel via long-form journalism and journalism via a smart secretarial school that was the only established route into magazines for an ambitious girl who at age nine produced her own type-written magazine in triplet copies and sold them at school for two pence.


In Vincenzi's fictional worlds, death and grief serve as turning points, an act three as she describes it, when nothing can ever be the same.


In a list of the top-selling British authors of the past decade, compiled by Nielsen BookScan, in which crime and women's and children's fiction dominated, Vincenzi outsold Charles Dickens, Jackie Collins and A.A. Milne.

6 comments:

  1. Wow, I'm not familiar with her at all, but she is obviously well-know. What she says about Act Three is so true to a good story. Thanks for introducing me to her, Carmen!

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    1. I read a couple of books written by her and I enjoyed them. Not the paranormal type, however they are worth reading.
      Thanks for checking my post today, Mae!

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  2. I tried to comment last night on my phone, but the phone often won't let me. Anyway, what a great post, Carmen. I had not heard of her. Such astounding sales! I like her quote too.

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    1. I think I need two more lifetimes to read all I want. I just wish there would be a library on the other side!
      Thanks for checking the post, Flossie!

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  3. Wonderful quote, Carmen. I've heard of her work, but have never read anything. I might have to pick one up...and now my tbr list keeps on growing. :)

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    1. You won't be disappointed, trust me. Thanks for visiting, Mary!

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