I met Catherine Mayo last year in San Miguel at the San Miguel Writers’ Conference. Since then I’ve been keeping in touch with her through her blog(s), Facebook, and now … sigh … Twitter (the latest in Net addiction). As well as charming, she’s a wonderful writer and teacher.

She has a historical novel coming out soon: The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire. I am very much looking forward to reading it.

But the subject of this post is the list of books she recommends for novelists. Many of my own favorites are on it:

From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction by Robert Olen Butler;


Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting
by Robert McKee;


Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley.

But there are a number I know nothing about. This one I will definitely be ordering:


The War of Art: Winning the Creative Battle
by Steven Pressfield.

Because the writing life is often a war: a battle for time, for discipline.

[Note—for the list, go to: http://tinyurl.com/cdmlmx]