I have long been in the camp of people who love to hate Amazon. It's a "can't live with them, can't live without them" kind of attitude we who profess to not love big imposing corporations looking to take over the world seem to adopt.
As I learned in the trenches, the only thing keeping each of us back from satisfaction is our unwillingness to say yes to adventure that scares us and shakes our comfortable status quo.
Like so many successful writers of this era, Marie Force has built her career as a hybrid-writer, having published books on her own as well as through traditional publishers.
I revisit a 1988 documentary in which Angelou and I attended a conference on "Facing Evil," held in the Hill Country of central Texas. Evil was a topic about which Angelou, the victim of childhood rape and virulent racism, had a lot to say.
Many writers would drool at the idea of spending a week at a writers retreat on a private Bahamian island, but not every writer is in a position to invest the time and money to attend.
Is every friggin' person in America writing a novel? Yes, absolutely, every friggin' person in America is writing a novel or so it can seem and so drives me to such an outrageous hyperbole.
I no longer took for granted the waking up every morning of myself, my husband, my children. If my sister could die, so could one of them.
Numerous thrillers and suspense writings titillate us by hopping from country to country -- a la James Bond. But let's take a look at some successful examples of exotic suspense written by people who live where they write -- natives or expats.
Randy Wayne White is a New York Times best-selling novelist of crime fiction and non-fiction and the writer of a television documentary. He's perhaps best known for his 21 Doc Ford novels and his most recent Hannah Smith series.
Vogel's Big Money is a must-read if you are concerned about politics and the future of this country.
There's nothing more powerful than a community of passionate people. If that community happens to be loyal fans or readers of your book, chances are they'll see the negative review and respond accordingly.
Great teachers communicate their passion for their students as human beings and show them how to connect to the great thinking and caring of other people thus opening the world and a world of possibilities to them.
We want authors to write characters who take us on a journey and present us with questions that challenge our own beliefs and perceptions. And we as writers want to write the next Willy Loman, or even Harry Potter.
In Renee Swindle's breezy third novel, A Pinch of Oooh La La narrator Abbey Lincoln Ross, discovers that her artist boyfriend is having multiple affairs while watching a documentary about him at a film festival.
One hundred years later, Panama is a truly independent nation that with great sacrifices and diplomatic efforts managed to regain sovereignty over the Canal Zone. Nevertheless, reaching this point had a high cost for this young republic, which gradually is becoming a regional economic power.
Can a WWI novel shame the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs into caring for the spotters, coordinators, trainers, and advisors who have to deal with the convert-or-die genocides of ISIS?
The Book Doctors met Cari Noga in 2011, when she won our National Novel Writing Month Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for books). Her pitch was spectacular, haunting and superbly crafted.
The making or covering up can happen anywhere in the world. Actually, muckraking journalists have been been exposing these injustices for hundreds of years. It is not simply in the modern era of American journalists.
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Published on August 19th, 2014
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