Andrew Gross is the best-selling author of many thrillers including The Blue Zone, Eyes Wide Open, Don't Look Twice, 15 Seconds, and his latest novel, No Way Back.
Every writer I know has assembled a collection of quotes from famous authors that inspire their writerly souls. As an author, a conference attendee, and a conference organizer, I've culled plenty of advice over the years. Here are a few of my favorites.
J.K. Rowling tried to go under the radar by using a pen name for The Cuckoo's Calling, but many other great authors spent all or part of their careers involuntarily missing out on the literary cachet and cash they deserved.
I was always aware of Christopher Paul Curtis' books but never realized they were written by my dear friend. These books are so well written and distinct, and they feature African-American children from our town -- Flint, Michigan.
Book clubs are popping up all over the internet as more people become entrenched in their digital lifestyles. As people move their social circles to the web, it makes sense to build literary connections online as well.
There are few things more satisfying than publishing a novel: You get to make things up! You get to put yourself in other people's shoes -- and choo...
So here is my advice to the aspiring writer. Write on dear friends. Share your dreams and aspirations with the like-minded. In the great battle between art and commerce, art always triumphs.
We have traded in the bars and bullfights for university jobs and Netflix. We sink into credit card debt awaiting publication, then find the advance won't cover the monthly interest.
When faced with a blank sheet of paper, ordinary people cringe. When faced with a writing assignment, normal people would rather go to the dentist.
I think writing didn't so much "inform" as "justify" my sense of identity, allowing me to freely indulge in certain antisocial tendencies (introversion, voyeurism, possibly unhealthy love of solitude) already present.
You're currently expected to have a strong presence on Goodreads and anywhere else on-line you can chat with your fans. How long will that be the new "best" way to promote your books?
Writing and motherhood are at odds with one another. Not because writers are inherently bad parents, but because writing and mothering require many of the same critical resources.
I was speaking with an executive at a small publishing house who told me that among the many upheavals in publishing, one of the most telling has been the lessening impact of the book review.
The two impulses -- writing and selling -- couldn't be more different, or at least they have been for me.
Centered around a highly advanced humanoid alien race known as the Aurocearians, victims of a devastating blow when the titular Gods (a mercurial bunch), angry with the race's arrogant behaviors, curses them by vaporizing every female hindering any hope for breeding. So what is a cursed race to do?
Literature in literature happens more often than we might think, and it's an effective device. We get a sense of a character's tastes, which helps open a window into her or his psyche and intellect. Heck, people who love books are usually smart and curious.
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