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Author Rachael Herron Tells Us About Love, the Coolest Writing Desk in the World and Her New Novel

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.03.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

In the hands of another writer, this topic could be dreary and depressing, but Rachael spins a story of resilience and love that leaves you believing in the healing power of family and forgiveness.

Finding Her Own Way in Paris: Meet Author/Publisher Adria J. Cimino

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.02.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Meet Adria J. Cimino, author of Close to Destiny, and one of the publishers behind Velvet Morning Press. Cimino stepped away from both traditional publishing and the United States. After her move to Paris, she teamed up with author Vicki Lesage to form Velvet Morning Press.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Is a Laff Riot

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.01.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

E.L. James writes badly enough to teach young writers a lot. Her novel is filled with negative lessons, especially when it comes to her prose. And it's just hilarious. Here are five of my favorite funny bad lines.

Book Review: Hobo Pete and the Ghost Train by Sandy Pheat

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.25.2015 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

Hobo Pete tells the eerie tale of three boys in 1963 Appalachia, who encounter a local hobo with whom they have something in common: they each hear the passing of a ghostly train in the night.

Better Than Gone Girl: C. E. Poverman's Love by Drowning

Melanie Bishop | Posted 02.21.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I am not lying when I say this book is better than Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Poverman gives us a situation and set of characters as mysterious and intriguing as Flynn does, he surprises us just as much, and we are as riveted to the author's slow unraveling of the main players' psychologies.

Love Letter to an Absent Twin: An Interview with Favorite Son Author Will Freshwater

Court Stroud | Posted 02.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Court Stroud

Author Will Freshwater agreed to chat with me about the inspiration behind writing his first book, including the encouragement of gay stand-up pioneer Bob Smith.

Review of The First Bad Man by Miranda July

Stephanie Lessing | Posted 02.06.2015 | Books
Stephanie Lessing

I had just finished reading The First Bad Man by Miranda July when my husband walked through the door. The first thing he asked me is why I'd cut my...

Nelle Harper Lee and Her Novels

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 02.06.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Go Set A Watchman, with its Biblical title born of Isaiah and Ezekiel, will have a first printing of two million copies. The joy with which lovers of To Kill A Mockingbird greeted this announcement was soon tempered by questions.

Writers and War: Does Phil Klay's Redeployment Signify a Cultural Shift?

Sarah Stodola | Posted 02.05.2015 | Books
Sarah Stodola

In his celebrated recent book of short stories, Redeployment, Phil Klay takes the imbroglio that was the Iraq War and turns it into the pulsing sum of very individual experiences.

13 Tips For Writing A Novel

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 01.30.2015 | Books
Chaker Khazaal

There will be bumps. But you owe it to your characters, your audience, and most of all, yourself, to finish the story.

Ways to Use Your Character as a Setting and Help Build Your Platform

Dorit Sasson | Posted 01.28.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Hope C. Clark's latest mystery, Murder on Edisto, uses setting for depth, and it has become her brand to place fiction in a real place. The locals of...

How Your Body Is a Gateway to Your Creative Expression

Brooke Warner | Posted 01.27.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Here's something to consider. If you knew your creativity was something inside of you that you could treat, would you do it? If, like chi, it just needed to get unblocked, would you pursue opportunities to make that happen?

The New Years Challenge I Know I Will Accomplish

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 01.07.2015 | Books
Helene Cohen Bludman

The premise is that in 2015 you will read 50 books of various types. Books that you may have planned on reading anyway, and others way off your radar. A book written by an author who has your initials. A book written in the year you were born. A book with a one-word title. And so on.

This Professor Uses Slave Narratives To Teach Empathy To Future Public Servants

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 01.07.2015 | College

When public policies go into effect, they don't always seem rooted in empathy and compassion. That's one reason an educator at the University of San F...

My Top Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2015

Allison Pataki | Posted 01.06.2015 | Books
Allison Pataki

If you're looking for a reason to get excited for the New Year, I've got ten for you.

The 5 Best Fictional Sports Teams

Uloop | Posted 03.01.2015 | College
Uloop

The Patriots, Giants, and Spurs have won many championships this century. However, those teams would be no match against the best fictional sports squads produced in recent years.

Don't Just Question the 10 Commandments; Question the Entire Bible

Steve Siebold | Posted 02.23.2015 | Science
Steve Siebold

Most people are familiar with the story of the Ten Commandments. The short version is that God called Moses to Mount Sinai where he gave him two tablets of stone that contained the Ten Commandments.

Hellraiser-7

Toni Volk | Posted 12.22.2014 | Fifty
Toni Volk

The night was clear, the air dry, the temperature hot. Except for the distant cries of monkeys, and a rustle of wings that suggested bats nearby, it w...

Top 12 Young Adult Books of 2014

Lisa Parkin | Posted 02.17.2015 | Books
Lisa Parkin

As impossible as this task always is, I found it especially difficult this year when thinking about the top young adult books I've read. This genre hosts some of the best stories I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

Need A Gift for A Book Lover?

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 02.04.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Finding a great book for someone else can be quite the challenge during the holidays. Here are some suggestions to help you on your merry way!

P.D. James: Master of the Modern Detective Novel

Khanh Ho | Posted 02.02.2015 | Books
Khanh Ho

I think this is the stroke of genius on P.D. James's part: creating a character from this cloth. Dalgliesh is the dream child of the frustrated novelist, for he can make striking observations and connections that a more down-to-earth gumshoe simply cannot make.

The Wall

Steven Crandell | Posted 02.02.2015 | Business
Steven Crandell

Sunrise is the most beautiful part of the day. First light. Don't matter if there are colors like a picture postcard or it's gray as water in a greasy sink. The darkness still fades. The light begins. Makes you feel alive like nothing else.

A Second Act: Interview With Author Lesley Kagen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 01.29.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

A lot of women are familiar with that empty nest feeling. Author Lesley Kagen used that feeling to start a whole new career as a writer. Her first book, New York Times bestseller, Whistling in the Dark (NAL/Penguin) was published when she was 57.

Why Interstellar Should Be Taken Seriously -- Very Seriously

Paul Stefanski | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment
Paul Stefanski

Fund NASA, invest in SpaceX, write your congressperson, and vote. Space travel isn't just cool. It isn't just something to do because we can. If Interstellar has anything to teach us, it's that space travel can save our species. The truth is we might need saving very soon.

Higher Learning: A Pilot's Journey Begins

Christine Hannon | Posted 01.25.2015 | Travel
Christine Hannon

Flying is soaring between Heaven and Earth with a very real sense of mortality and responsibility. It is a balance of forces to create lift and a balance of focus to maintain attitudes. For the pilot governed by Visual Flight Rules, 20 percent of one's focus is on the instruments while 80 percent looks outside at what God created.