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What Advice Columnist 'Ask Polly' Gets About Life That Others May Not

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.01.2016 | Arts

You know that motivational poster every guidance counselor had? Maybe it had funky typographic art, or a sweeping landscape photo featuring twinkling ...

Writer Discovered on Social Media, Signs With Powerhouse Literary Agency

Alicia Cook | Posted 07.15.2016 | Books
Alicia Cook

Alicia Cook, of New Jersey, has been writing stories since she was eight years old, and is now being represented by literary agent Byrd Leavell of the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency located in New York City.

Stuck in the Middle: A Conversation with Ann Garvin

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 06.02.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

I Like you Just Fine When You Aren't Around by Ann Garvin captures that in-between place so many people find themselves in today where carrying for ag...

The Penny Poet of Portsmouth: A Conversation with Katherine Towler

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.24.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Katherine Towler's memoir, The Penny Poet of Portsmouth follows her move to Portsmouth, along with a marriage and a settling down into the community s...

Iron Fragility: A Conversation with Sari Wilson, Author of "Girl Through Glass"

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.04.2016 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

Sari Wilson's captivating debut novel, Girl Through Glass, follows a young woman's journey through the alluring, heartless beauty of the New York ball...

Lies and Other Acts of Love: An Interview With Kristy Woodson Harvey

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 04.06.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Kristy Woodson Harvey's, Lies and Other Acts of Love, calls on one of the oldest questions: what would you do for love? What would you do to find lov...

Babies Over Bombers, Art for Life: A Conversation With Ronna Lebo

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.24.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Ronna Lebo -- artist, writer, musician, mother of two, grandmother of two -- learned a lot about living from birthing, mothering, and creating. The main lesson she learned, the big takeaway, for her was "Life goes on."

Historical Fiction Gets No Respect -- Here's Why It Should

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 03.07.2016 | Arts

When Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and other novels about Thomas Cromwell became surprise international bestsellers several years back, it wasn't their le...

Unforgiven: A Conversation with Marin Thomas

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.04.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

What does it mean to forgive in a town so hard and dry that it's called Unforgiven. Ruby Baxter, the protagonist of Marin Thomas' latest novel, The P...

The Empress: An Interview with Weina Dai Randel

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 02.26.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Weina Dai Randel is the author of The Moon in the Palace. A work of historical fiction, The Moon in the Palace, captures the early life of China's Em...

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?

Decoding the Mysteries: An Interview with Scott Hawkins, Author of The Library at Mount Char

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 02.01.2016 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

I admit it: as a reader I've become jaded. It takes a lot to move or excite me, and I drop many books after 50 pages. When I began The Library at Moun...

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 the...

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 Holly...

Your Chill Pill for 2016

Lisa Tener | Posted 01.06.2016 | Books
Lisa Tener

At a recent holiday get together -- full of wonderfully high-powered women who were stressed over the holidays and other aspects of life -- I met Kate...

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.

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.

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.

'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.

5 Things About Author Amy Impellizzeri

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.10.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Amy Impellizzeri is the author of Lemongrass Hope, a time traveling, fantasy romance that pits affairs of the heart against the heartstrings of mother...

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.

Every Mother's Nightmare and Every Writer's Dream: Meet Steena Holmes

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.05.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

As with her earlier novel, Finding Emma, about the after effects of a toddler's kidnapping, author Steena Holmes doesn't back away from tackling the devastating events every mother fears in her latest novel.

Put a Ring on It: A Conversation with Beth Kendrick

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.02.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Put a Ring On It is a delicious romp of a novel by Beth Kendrick, author of New Uses for Old Boyfriends. Here we meet Brighton Smith, a reluctant heartbreak tourist, who changes everything with a drunken night that turns into what she calls a "screw up summer" and a new chance at love.

Wendy Darling: A Conversation With Author Colleen Oakes

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.23.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Based on the popularity of the story, plays, and film adaptions, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie is one of those classics. In Wendy Darling (SparkPress, October 2015), Colleen Oakes explores Wendy's experience in Neverland, unfolding this classic tale in a marvelous new direction.

The Good Neighbor: A Conversation With Author Amy Sue Nathan

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.12.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Good Neighbor, brings us the story of Elizabeth aka Izzy Lane and her introduction to the worlds of Internet celebrity and dating after divorce.