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A Book and Its Cover

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

Until the publication of my first novel, I'd never consciously thought about the importance of cover design. But the graphic artist's crucial role in the novel's production (and possible success) became apparent. The artist's talent was vitally important to the commercial viability of the novel.

'I Don't Have An Inspirational Word To Say About Having Breast Cancer'

Deborah Doucette | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Deborah Doucette

People have asked me how I found the lump. I hardly ever tell them the truth because I'm afraid they would think I'm crazy. I'll tell you, but not yet.

Writer to Writer: A Conversation With Raymond Khoury

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

Raymond Khoury is the bestselling author of several novels, including The Last Templar. Born in Lebanon, Raymond and his family were evacuated from Beirut's civil war, and fled to New York when he was 14.

Fictional Characters We'd Hate to Meet

Dave Astor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Dave Astor

Among the fictional characters we might want to avoid (if they somehow came to life) are murderers, liars, hypocrites, busybodies, racists, male chauvinists, militaristic men, rotten bosses, the money-obsessed and people who are just plain boring.

Once More in Defense of Fantasy: A Response to Joanna Trollope

Foz Meadows | Posted 12.10.2013 | Home
Foz Meadows

Just when I think the literary establishment can become no more obliviously dismissive of SFF as a genre, along comes Joanna Trollope to complain that fantasy novels, while "a lovely escape," fail to provide a strong enough sense of moral guidance for children.

Great Male Protagonists We Wouldn't Want to Be Friends With

Claire Fallon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Claire Fallon

2013-10-04-ScreenShot20131004at6.13.45PM.pngMany male protagonists seem palatable enough at first glance -- unless we hold them to the more exacting friendship standard.

The Magic of a Novel

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.30.2013 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

Artfully written, a novel can make you leave behind your world -- at least for the hours you spend reading -- and enter the one unfolding on the pages before you.

Fictional Characters We'd Most Like to Meet

Dave Astor | Posted 11.26.2013 | Home
Dave Astor

Some of the best novels have very believable protagonists, so it almost seems sort of/kind of possible to meet them. One of the pleasures of reading is immersing ourselves in a fictional world to the point where we can imagine being part of that world -- at least as a fly-on-the-wall.

The Vulgarity of Our Times

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.26.2013 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

To me, the vulgarity in the novel was not its language. What truly makes me cringe -- the most vulgar and obscene things in life -- are humanity's ubiquitous displays of unrelenting greed, hatred, intolerance, and the unquenchable need of people to make war.

The Making of a Hero

James S. Parker | Posted 11.18.2013 | Home
James S. Parker

Since the beginning of time, man has enjoyed stories of adventure and daring and in almost all of these tales there has been, of course, the hero.

Literary Monogamy and Polygamy

Dave Astor | Posted 11.12.2013 | Home
Dave Astor

For a number of years, liking a novel by a certain author set me off on a binge of consecutively reading other books by the same author. It made sense. If you love one fictional work by an author, there's a good chance you'll at least like another.

Bad Girls and Blurred Lines

Deborah Doucette | Posted 11.09.2013 | Fifty
Deborah Doucette

My God, back in the day, how hard we worked at being the good girl, and how thoroughly we bought into it, letting the impossible quest hijack our true selves.

Why I'm Risking My New Book by Self-Publishing Even Though I'm a Bestselling Author

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.09.2013 | Media
Frank Schaeffer

I'm self-publishing my new novel AND GOD SAID, "BILLY!" Where's my advance? What will I live on? The New York Times won't review a self-published book...

Readers Live for That Occasional Transcendent Novel

Dave Astor | Posted 10.30.2013 | Home
Dave Astor

A book that's transcendent for one reader might not be transcendent for another. Still, the hope of finding novels we personally consider extraordinary is one of the draws of loving literature.

Annapolis Noir, Baby

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 10.23.2013 | Home
Rob Hiaasen

Elmore Leonard died this week. He was 87 and was at work on his 46th novel. That's a book every other year if he had started writing fresh from the womb, which don't put past him.

When Kurt Vonnegut Met Kilgore Trout!

Greg Mitchell | Posted 08.22.2013 | Home
Greg Mitchell

In early 1974, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. granted me a then-rare interview, at his new townhouse on the East Side of Manhattan, where he'd just moved with phot...

The Secret

Babette Hughes | Posted 10.21.2013 | Home
Babette Hughes

Although I've been writing and publishing for fifty years, I'm always thrilled when a new book is launched. THE RED SCARF, published just this week, i...

Fun Excerpt From New Book, Kurt Vonnegut and Me

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.19.2013 | Home
Greg Mitchell

I first encountered Kurt Vonnegut in 1970 when I took part in a "rap session" with him just before the opening of his play, Happy Birthday, Wanda June...

The Casual Versatility of Some Hardworking Writers

Dave Astor | Posted 10.15.2013 | Home
Dave Astor

And literature's MVP (Most Versatile Producer) is... Actually, I'm not sure. But any author who can write very different types of novels deserves an award.

Why We'd Be Screwed if Young Adult Books Were Real

Lisa Parkin | Posted 10.12.2013 | Home
Lisa Parkin

Nothing against the youth of today, but... aren't there some adults with real world experience who could, you know, jump in with the whole saving humanity thing?

Novels With or Without Flashbacks

Dave Astor | Posted 10.08.2013 | Home
Dave Astor

When it comes to literature, there are many contrasts -- including "literary" novels vs. mass-market ones, long-ago classics vs. modern fiction and chronological novels vs. non-chronological ones.

No Table Flipping and Weave Pulling -- Creating Characters Who Actually Support Sisterhood

Cecilia T. Capers | Posted 10.08.2013 | Black Voices
Cecilia T. Capers

I went into the creative process promising myself to listen directly to the voices of my characters. I felt compelled listen to the voices telling me that Avery and her multicultural mosaic of friends would not succumb to cat fights and back-stabbing to move the story forward.

Writer to Writer: A Conversation with Andrew Gross

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.01.2013 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

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.

"The Middlesteins" Author Jami Attenberg on "The Interview Show"

Mark Bazer | Posted 09.29.2013 | Home
Mark Bazer

Jami Attenberg, author of "The Middlesteins," talks with "The Interview Show" host Mark Bazer about the joy she gets from writing, the response to her...

Writing Evil to Balance the Good

S.L. Scott | Posted 09.25.2013 | Home
S.L. Scott

What is a victory worth if there is no battle to be won? A well-developed villain makes the hero of the story someone we want to root for and love and someone worth continuing to read about.