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No Ordinary Life: A Conversation With Suzanne Redfearn

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 02.01.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Suzanne Redfearn's novel, No Ordinary Life, explores the age-old question: what price are you willing to pay for fame. But she does so with a twist: how much would you be willing to let your children pay?

How to Kill a Main Character Without Murdering Your Book

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.28.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

One of the worst mistakes I ever made as a green novelist was to ignore the advice of editors and friends who told me certain manuscripts needed overhauling.

The Daylight Marriage: Q & A With Heidi Pitlor

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 01.27.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

In Heidi Pitlor's The Daylight Marriage, when wife Hannah disappears, her husband, Lovell must not only wonder why and grieve her absence but face t...

Platinum Doll: A Conversation with Anne Girard

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 01.25.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Long before Marilyn Monroe, another blonde bombshell glittered from the silver screen. Jean Harlow captivated audiences during the Golden Age of Hol...

Ten Things I Learned As A First-Time Published Author

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 01.25.2016 | Books
Kristin Meekhof

About four years ago, I decided that I wanted to write a non- fiction book. I have a graduate degree in social work and no one in my family is an auth...

How to Keep Writing When No One Gives a Sh*t

Jennifer Garam | Posted 01.18.2016 | Books
Jennifer Garam

I don't have an agent or an editor expecting the completion of my manuscript, no publishers are wooing me with six-figure advances for a book deal, and nothing I've written has ever gone viral.

I Need Coffee: Become Your Own Retailer, for Real

Katie Rose Guest Pryal | Posted 01.14.2016 | Books
Katie Rose Guest Pryal

I don't mind schlepping my books around. I don't mind befriending bookstore owners and delivering a sales pitch. That's just part of an author's job. I do mind all that work not counting.

The Screenwriter's Simple Guide to Formatting Television Scripts

ScreenCraft | Posted 01.06.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ...

First Frost: An Interview with Sarah Addison Allen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 01.05.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

In Sarah Addison Allen's First Frost, we return to Bascom, North Carolina, and the magical Waverly family first featured in Garden Spells. Addison Allen's books feature a splendid use of magical realism that immerses us into the hearts and minds of her characters. We spoke about the nature of belonging, magic, and writing.

New Year, New Career

Geri Spieler | Posted 12.28.2015 | Business
Geri Spieler

It's comforting to know there are some very successful freelancers out there. Hopefully when I'm doing well, I too, will promote my success and maybe write a book about how I did it and offer it on my own "How to" freelance writing advice.

10 Ways Travel Makes You a Better Writer

Stephanie Storey | Posted 12.28.2015 | Books
Stephanie Storey

I love to travel. When I was a kid, my parents drove us from coast to coast in a motorhome. When I was eighteen, I went to Europe with a traveling choir. I've studied art in Italy, snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, and just this week hiked to a glacier on the south coast of Iceland.

38 Best First Lines in Novels (YA Edition)

Mary Jane Hathaway | Posted 12.18.2015 | Books
Mary Jane Hathaway

All great authors know that a killer first line is almost more important than the first few pages, and authors put in hours of work just to get the right sentence on paper.

Building a Series With a Serious Dog: A Conversation with Jo Bannister

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 12.09.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

In Desperate Measures, Jo Bannister returns to the life of police officer Hazel Best as she grapples with rescuing Gabriel Ash from himself and the dark forces that fractured his family. I spoke with Bannister about writing from a dog's point of view, stoking tension, and crafting a wonderfully intense book series.

Watching a Novelist at Work

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 12.08.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

I never thought about the writing process in terms of what it looks like. It's not pretty; at least not for me. Or exciting. For one, my clothes are shlumpy. I can't be productive when I'm dressed nicely. Secondly, it's very quiet (unless I'm editing--the bawling could get disorderly).

Serving History or the Story: Writing Historical Fantasy

Sonia Halbach | Posted 12.03.2015 | Books
Sonia Halbach

The appeal with writing fiction had always been the ability to create anything, with the author only limited to what the mind can think up. If something turns out not to be working in the story, there's always the freedom to change it. But when writing about actual people and places, I found the urge to not stray from the historical facts to be strong, even at the expense of the story.

Indie to Traditional: A Conversation With Kate Moretti

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 12.03.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Kate Moretti's latest thriller, The Vanishing Year, marks a new transition for the New York Times bestselling author. With this novel, she is moving from a digital/print on demand publisher to a traditional publisher. This process represents one that so many independent and self-publishers dream about -- cracking into the work of traditional publishing.

Author Shannon Messenger Talks About How She Comes Up With Original Ideas and What She Eats While Writing Novels

Quora | Posted 12.02.2015 | Books
Quora

Despite how much I tweet about my love of cupcakes, I rarely eat while I'm writing. After all, it's kinda counterproductive (I should be using my fingers to type, not snack!)

How to Write a Love Letter: Inspiration from Beauvoir and Sartre

Skye Cleary | Posted 11.24.2015 | Women
Skye Cleary

Hot summer romances are a long distant memory as the northern hemisphere winter closes in and tempts us towards hibernation, hot chocolate, and heated holiday party debates.

Breaking Up With the First Manuscript

Sonia Halbach | Posted 11.24.2015 | Books
Sonia Halbach

Like any relationship, it's not easy breaking up with a manuscript, especially when you put so much time and effort into it, and at the end of the day there are still strong feelings involved. And it's even harder when it was your first.

'The Last September': A Conversation with Nina de Gramont

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.12.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

The Last September by Nina de Gramont traces the aftermath of a murder in Cape Cod through the point of view of the recent widow, Brett.

A Conversation With Karma Brown

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.12.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

When a tragic accident derails Tegan Lawson's life, she turns to an unlikely source for her next steps forward. Karma Brown's novel, Come Away With Me, will both break your heart and give you hope.

Life and Other Near Death Experiences: A Conversation With Camille Pagán

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.10.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

For many people, their bucket lists remain abstract, a list of things to do some day in the future. But for Libby, the protagonist of Camille Pagán's novel, Life and Other Near Death Experiences, a terminal cancer diagnosis prompts her to take charge of the time she has left to reinvent her life.

Why Neil Gaiman Doesn't Believe In Writer's Block

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 11.10.2015 | Arts

Every writer has been there: Staring down a blank page, struggling to write anything that feels right, cursing writer's block for impeding pro...

Have I Got a Story for You!

Kristen Houghton | Posted 11.10.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Writers are fair game for anyone with a "terrific idea" for a story. There is a part of me that truly understands this. We want someone to like what we have to offer. For that reason alone, I hate to reject anyone who offers me ideas and I always listen politely to story pitches.

Choosing the Right Screenwriting Path for You

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.06.2015 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ...