Bernadette Geyer is a writer, editor, and translator living in Berlin, Germany. Her poems and nonfiction writings have appeared in many publications online and in print. She is the author of the poetry collection The Scabbard of Her Throat and editor of My Cruel Invention: A Contemporary Poetry Anthology.
I get it. Characters change over the course of a novel. On an emotional level, the characters you start with may be completely different by the end of the story. As a copy editor who works closely with independent publishers, the issue I see is that characters sometimes change nicknames, eye color, or other physical characteristics throughout the course of the story. That is a huge potential problem.
My translation of “paper cone,” by Ulrike Draesner, appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Spring 2017.
Now that my old book review site is gone forever, I will occasionally post old book reviews here, to give them new life. For my first #TBT Book Review, I celebrate Women’s History Month with a review of West with the Night, by Beryl Markham, the first female commercial pilot.
My essay about the year I spent writing about how things get their names was published in the WOW! Women on Writing Newsletter.