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Truth through Fiction

Barry Kibrick | Posted 06.19.2016 | Books
Barry Kibrick

There is so much to see, and yet you must learn how to see. Gary Grossman - Old Earth Socrates, Plato and Aristotle gave us our first glimpse into see...

How to Tell a Good Story

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 06.19.2016 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Story is the ocean we are swimming in. And because it is, we don't necessarily feel wet when we're in it, but we are. Fish aren't taught to swim. And you aren't taught to tell stories. As a child, you didn't need to be taught.

The Morning Routine That Enables Me to Keep Writing Novels

Warren Adler | Posted 06.18.2016 | Books
Warren Adler

What I have to offer writers here may or may not be scientifically valid for everyone, nor do I have evidence that it is the be all and end all for those who want to continue spinning their tales. But to those for whom novel writing is intellectual oxygen, here it is. Call it chicken soup for the brain.

Strong Female Characters in Books: Are There Any Other Kind?

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.10.2016 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Though I loved the adventurous gutsy Nancy Drew books, the very first really strong female characters I came across in my childhood reading were Scarlett O'Hara and Melanie Wilkes; women who showed their strength in different ways.

Jake Biondi Releases Third Installment of Popular BOYSTOWN Series

Jake Biondi | Posted 06.02.2016 | Arts
Jake Biondi

"The wait is finally over," Biondi told fans of his 'BOYSTOWN' book series. The third book in the popular 'BOYSTOWN' series was released on May 1, 2015.

Indie Author James Mellis Talks About Truth in Fiction

Loren Kleinman | Posted 06.01.2016 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Until They Are Home is based on a true story. Can you talk about that story and why it inspired you to write the book? What was so compelling about the person in real life and how did you translate that to fiction?

Best Start to Summer Reading: 'Skies of Ash' Over Los Angeles

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.31.2016 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Rachel Howzell has written another riveting thriller starring her favorite (and mine!) female sleuth, the fabulous when furious and even better when behaving Lou Norton, LA Homicide detective extraordinaire.

7 New Badass YA Heroines for You to Love

Lisa Parkin | Posted 05.29.2016 | Books
Lisa Parkin

There's nothing I love more than a strong YA heroine. Seeing young women in literature portrayed as confident and capable, not to mention fierce, is empowering in so many ways. Lucky for you, I've listed the newest and best 2015 YA book heroines.

Defining Popular -- Not What You Think It Means

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.29.2016 | Books
Maria Rodale

Stepping away from my typical brooding and introspection--such as it is--about my own life, I find myself incrankulous (incredulous + cranky) about the latest news to sweep the publishing industry.

9 Books That Redefine 'Crazy'

Sandra Block | Posted 05.28.2016 | Books
Sandra Block

Instead of using labels like 'crazy' to define a complex human being, these books present complicated characters who show us the nuances of mental illness.

10 Questions for Meryl Moss, Entrepreneur and Media Expert

Lynda Bekore | Posted 05.28.2016 | Books
Lynda Bekore

Meryl Moss is the founder and president of Meryl Moss Media, which just celebrated its 22nd anniversary. Meryl and her dedicated staff of publicists work with authors, both new and established, to advance exposure of their books to a wider audience in traditional and unique ways.

How to Save a Life

Hilal Isler | Posted 05.22.2016 | Education
Hilal Isler

By the time I turned thirteen, I had attended five schools, in four cities, on three continents. My parents were professors who had me late in life and, perhaps because of this, I am an only child.

Book Review: Bloodmoney

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 05.17.2016 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

Bloodmoney by David Ignatius is a suspenseful and engaging read. A small American-run intelligence group has been created; it looks quite a bit like part of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), but officially it doesn't even exist.


Marcia Liss | Posted 05.14.2016 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


The House of Cards Effect

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 05.12.2016 | Entertainment
Deirdre Maloney

If there's a fictional world you love but you know that it's dark and can negatively impact your mood or actions, then make sure you watch, listen to or read something lighter afterwards to balance it out.

Irvin D. Yalom: A Conversation

Terence Clarke | Posted 05.07.2016 | Books
Terence Clarke

I spoke with Yalom recently, interested in why he writes both fiction and non-fiction. I wanted to ask him which of these forms he prefers, and what does each form require of him that the other does not.

The Words After War Interview With Elliot Ackerman and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Words After War | Posted 05.04.2016 | Impact
Words After War

As part of Words After War's April book club selection, Elliot answers a few questions from Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, the author of the recently released Ashley's War.

Choose This Day: Author Kathryn Craft on Healing with Fiction

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 06.30.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Kathryn Craft is the author of The Art of Falling and the new release, The Far End of Happy, a fictionalized account of the day her first husband choo...

What Bruce Jenner Can Teach Writers

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Melissa Miles McCarter

As a writer, I am interested in the complexities of gender identity that this "coming out" exemplifies. I wonder, when writing about people, whether in fiction, creative nonfiction or memoirs, how the shifting notion of gender can inform our decisions.

The Myth of the Suicidal Writer

Warren Adler | Posted 06.22.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

The myth contends that because the artist is blessed with such extraordinary insight, he or she can see into deeper truths where there is only futility, darkness, disillusion and death. It is all part of the tortured artist stereotype. I'm not entirely sold.

Why Crime-Thriller Fiction?

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.21.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I'm often asked why I write crime-thriller novels. Sometimes, I think the answer is easy: I love to read them, so I write them, too.

Readers Rule: The 'LA Times' Festival of the Book

Elan Barnehama | Posted 06.14.2015 | Books
Elan Barnehama

Humans are storytellers by nature and by necessity. As soon as we're born we are told stories and as soon as we can speak we tell stories to anyone who will listen. In those early years, just about every story is a fiction. When we tell stories, we place ourselves in the world.

Audiobook Your Way to an MFA

Jeb Harrison | Posted 06.08.2015 | Education
Jeb Harrison

Unlike many of the other low-residency MFA students, I have managed to fulfill the reading and critical paper requirements while hardly cracking a book.

Keely Brooke Keith on Inspiration, Writing a Series, and Fan Mail

Kate Fisher | Posted 06.06.2015 | Books
Kate Fisher

"I never imagined I'd get fan mail. Well, it's not mail these days -- it's emails and Facebook messages and links to reviews they want me to see. Every little encouragement is huge to an author because we spend most of our days writing alone."

Book Review: The Golden Hour

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 06.06.2015 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

The Golden Hour by Todd Moss is a thriller about a coup d'état in Mali. Protagonist Judd Ryker is an academic who has been appointed to a new, specia...