I had the pleasure of attending Linda Urbach’s reading at the Westport Public Library on Thursday night. Linda is the author of a delightful new novel: Madame Bovary’s Daughter, which is the adventurous tales of Berthe Bovary, daughter of the infamous Flaubert character. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the literary ride Linda took me on to 19th Century France and a world of fashion and romance mixed in with a dollop of fictionalized historic figures like the artist Millet and the famous couturier Charles Worth. I couldn’t put it down.

What added to the great pleasure of reading Linda’s work was that she and I had worked together several years ago when she was re-starting her literary career. When we originally met, Linda had been a successful writer in the ad world. But her satisfaction level was declining. She’s a novelist at heart and wanted to devote her time to that work. That’s when she hired me. Publishing Madame Bovary’s Daughter is the icing on the cake.

Here’s how Linda remembered our coaching experience:

I was halfway through my third novel which was like being halfway to hell. I really didn’t think I could finish it …especially after a 25 year hiatus from writing.  That’s when Jane Pollak floated into my life. I say float because her coaching is very gentle. Jane has a light but firm touch.  There is no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t have finished my novel without her.  Her weekly coaching sessions kept me on target, in focus and very productive.  I could write a book about how much she’s helped me but unfortunately it’s not my genre.

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