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Art in the Blood - A Rousing Sherlock Holmes Adventure

Paola K Amaras | Posted 10.01.2015 | Books
Paola K Amaras

Bonnie MacBird 'found' Art in the Blood - A Sherlock Holmes Adventure, as a manuscript hidden in a forgotten tome of Victorian medical lore, and has brought us another adventure of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's great consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, as narrated by his companion, Dr. John Watson.

The Hot 5 -- Books People Are Talking About This Week, or Should Be

The National Book Review | Posted 09.29.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

When the Fed talks, everyone listens. So there will doubtless be a large audience for this soon-to-be released account by former Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Review: A Cuban-American Novel on the Pain of Living in Two Worlds

The National Book Review | Posted 09.27.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

Make Your Home Among Strangers tells the story of Lizet, a young daughter of Cuban immigrants. She has applied to the prestigious Rawlings College in secret, thinking her family would be thrilled at her admission.

The Unmentionable Mann

Omar Sarwar | Posted 09.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Omar Sarwar

His keen insights into the many neuroses of gay male urban culture invite the reader to reflect on its darker aspects, the things we instinctively cover up to appear respectable in the eyes of heterosexual society.

Will Movies and TV Shows Eventually Kill the Written Word?

Warren Adler | Posted 09.25.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

As a longtime practitioner of the art of fiction writing and a committed reader of the works of others, I have been thinking a great deal about the impact of the proliferating film/TV industry on the future of reading.

10 Funny and Fast Reads

Kirkus | Posted 09.22.2015 | Books

"Kudos to Lawson for being a flagrant and witty spokesperson for this dark subject matter." Lawson (Let's Pretend This Never Happened, 2012), "The Bloggess," pokes fun at herself as she addresses the serious nature of her mental and physical illnesses.

Should a Novelist Be Politically Correct?

Warren Adler | Posted 09.22.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

The recent flap over a romance novel titled For Such a Time whose plot features a concentration camp inmate falling in love with her Nazi captor has aroused the wrath of various critics and readers on grounds that it is too discomfiting and disturbing to have been published.

How Many Novels Should You Write in a Year? Bad Advice for Writers Has Your Answer!

G. Doucette | Posted 09.21.2015 | Books
G. Doucette

We've been dispensing official Bad Advice for a little while now (for instance, here, here and here), and we take this job seriously, because legitimately bad advice for writers is an art form, and we like to take our time crafting that advice. We have a laboratory. And white coats. We look adorable in them.

5 Boston Landmarks That Inspired My New Mystery Novel: A Fictional Tour of the City

Lisa Shanahan | Posted 09.22.2015 | Travel
Lisa Shanahan

On a visit to Boston in 2007, the inspiration to write a novel struck me while I was sitting on a bench in the park in Copley Square, drinking my go-to coffee, admiring the Beaux Arts architecture of the Boston Public Library where I used to hang out years ago when I worked at a nearby publishing house.

What I Learned From Self-Publishing My Book

Abby Rosmarin | Posted 09.18.2015 | Books
Abby Rosmarin

After letting the idea swim in my head for a few years, I finally got the chutzpah to write (and finish) it. After countless read-throughs and edits, I declared my book done and facetiously exclaimed: "Time to get money!" Well, not so much.

18 Things Only Writers Struggling To Get A Novel Published Can Possibly Understand

Lauren Cahn | Posted 09.15.2015 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

You've always wanted to write that novel, and now you're finally deep in the weeds. You tweet "#amwriting" and suddenly you've got a slew of new followers, all of whom are doing the exact same thing. Here's a snapshot of what that pain looks like.

The Opposite of Ally McBeal: A Conversation With Lindsay Cameron

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.07.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

"Becoming a writer was not part of my plan. I'd gone to law school to be a lawyer and didn't think I would deviate from that path. But as the saying goes -- We plan, God laughs."

Lying Is for the Birds: An Interview With Kris Radish

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.03.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Kris Radish's tenth novel, The Year of Necessary Lies, follows an eventful year in the life of budding ornithologist and activist, Julia Britton, who learns through the beauty and power of birds the skills to change her own life.

The 9 Most Talked-About Books of 2015 (So Far)

Kirkus | Posted 09.03.2015 | Books

From "The Girl in the Spider's Web" by David Lagercrantz to "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates, here are the must-read books for 2015.

Promoting a Book and the Social Network Inquisition

Renato Barucco | Posted 09.03.2015 | Books
Renato Barucco

Promoting a book on social networks is not as seamless as it sounds, particularly if the book (and relative promotion messages) focuses on sexuality.

Feminist Masterpiece on Teen Survival

Kimberly Dark | Posted 09.03.2015 | Books
Kimberly Dark

It's not that you want to save Taylor; you know you can't. By the end of page two, Debra Busman has established a child character as complex and compelling as any adult.

Night Visions and Day Dreaming

Paola K Amaras | Posted 09.02.2015 | Books
Paola K Amaras

All my stories, my books -- even my first novel, Exiles of Dal Ryeas -- all stem from my dreams. It's been comforting to have this ability, these night visions, especially in light of the reality of my daydreams. These aren't quite as rewarding as those night visions.

Becoming Fearless: A Conversation With A Girl Undone Author Catherine Linka

Devra Maza | Posted 09.11.2015 | Books
Devra Maza

Catherine Linka knows books. So it shouldn't have surprised her when, before her award-winning debut novel A Girl Called Fearless was even published, she was asked to write a sequel.

10 Things I've Learned as a Debut Novelist

Victoria Namkung | Posted 08.20.2015 | Books
Victoria Namkung

I have been a professional journalist and writer my entire adult life, but self-doubt is very real when you're stepping out of your comfort zone and writing 85,000 words of fiction versus an 800-word essay.

Setting the Price for Your Novel -- What You Need to Know

Kristen Houghton | Posted 08.17.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Writing is more than just getting that book finished. The smart author will want to learn as much as possible about the whole publishing business. It pays for you to be knowledgeable about all aspects that concern your book. It's your baby!

All Families Are Funny: A Conversation With Author, Molly D. Campbell

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.12.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Molly D. Campbell is the author of the debut novel, Keep the Ends Loose, about a fifteen year old's journey when a family secret threatens to destroy her family. A wry tale told from Mandy Heath's point of view, it is a coming of age novel for both teens and adults. We spoke about writing from a young adult point of view, what it means to be a family, and how to be funny with writing.

Rome in Love: A Conversation with Author Anita Hughes

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.06.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Stunning location: check. Beautiful people: check. Romance: of course! Rome in Love, the latest book by Anita Hughes delivers on all three fronts as it tells the story of young actress Amelia, who learns about love, Italian food, and Audrey Hepburn while living in Rome to film a remake of Hepburn's classic film, Roman Holiday.

Alice Carbone on Building Community, Writing, Sex, and Getting a Book Deal

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

I first met Alice Carbone when we connected about sex and addiction. I spent a lot of my life being addicted and having sex. Then trying to not be addicted and not have sex.

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

Jane Adams Ph.D. | Posted 07.30.2015 | Women
Jane Adams Ph.D.

Like actors who want to direct, journalists want to write novels. So did I, back in the day -- I had a wealth of material gleaned from hours of interviews with high achieving people who were at or near the top of their game.

Joshua Braff Talks About the Daddy Diaries, Flannery O' Connor, and Filmmaking

Loren Kleinman | Posted 07.28.2015 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Joshua Braff is the author of The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green and Peep Show. He lives in California with his wife and two kids.