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Book Review: The Insect Farm By Stuart Prebble

Rob Taub | Posted 07.20.2016 | Books
Rob Taub

This is in no way a murder mystery. It's more of a lesson that people and circumstances are not always what they seem, especially Roger, who is too often mistaken for a 'half-wit."

Witches Brew: A Conversation With Author Suzanne Palmieri

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.17.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Voodoo, bayous, and lost souls haunt The Witch of Bourbon Street, the latest novel by Suzanne Palmieri. This, her third novel, follows the Sorrow family as they reconcile their losses and gains at summer solstice with a storm coming in.

The Difficulties of Publishing a Novel As a Teenager

Mackenzie Patel | Posted 06.25.2015 | Teen
Mackenzie Patel

My novel is done. My editing is finished. My query letter begging established publishers to fall in love with my literature was picked over by my favorite teacher at my high school.

Confessions of a War Child: A Trilogy

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 07.09.2016 | Books
Chaker Khazaal

For the past three years, I have been writing a series of novels, published as a trilogy - Confessions of a War Child. As the final installment - Saha...

10 New Books Everyone Should Read This Summer

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 07.12.2016 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

So many books, so few hours at the beach! Get your summer reading on with these 10 great novels that will take you near and far, from the present to the past. Don't forget the sunscreen!

You're an Author? So You're Really Not Working, Right?

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.25.2016 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Most authors have some sort of a home office which is good and bad. Good in the sense that you have a quiet place to weave your stories without major disturbances from co-workers.

Taylor Swift, Tori Amos, and Me: Women Make Their Most Powerful Art When They Ditch the Boys and Find Themselves

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 06.19.2016 | Women
Patricia Leavy, PhD

The strength in these feminist empowerment projects is clear to fans who use them to navigate their own lives, but I want to highlight the message for other artists: use creativity to carve your identity and empower others.

'Big Voices' Helped Stacey D'Erasmo Find Her Own

Annie L. Scholl | Posted 06.05.2016 | Books
Annie L. Scholl

I think it was (author) Francine Prose who said publication is like the calm before the calm--that you think so much will happen and it doesn't. But when my first book came out (Tea, Algonquin Books, 2000), what I wasn't prepared for was the magnitude of what it felt like internally.

Are e-Books a Good Idea for Latino Authors?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.27.2016 | Books
Daniel Cubias

It was not my intention to create a trilogy on Huffington Post about the Latino publishing scene, but that is what has happened. My previous two artic...

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?

The Writing Process That Led to 'Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands'

Chris Bohjalian | Posted 06.01.2016 | Books
Chris Bohjalian

I rarely have the slightest idea where my books are going. That's not a confession, it's simply a reality. I don't work from an outline. I don't know the last sentence when I write the first sentence, a prerequisite for John Irving -- a novelist whose work I revere.

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.

Author Jamie Ford on the Real Place That Inspired Bestseller 'Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet'

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 05.28.2016 | Books
National Trust for Historic Preservation

"A silent character." That's how Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, describes the Panama Hotel, the titular National Treasure that grounds his bestselling novel. But the Panama is far from silent.

Conceiving the Narrator of "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands"

Chris Bohjalian | Posted 05.27.2016 | Books
Chris Bohjalian

I have grown very protective of my Emily Shepard. I think the reason for this is clear: I am a dad of a daughter. There is no role in the world that matters to me more than being a father.

The Nine Secret Cities of Newport, R.I.

Peter Mandel | Posted 05.27.2016 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Getting to know Newport, Rhode Island, is -- how should I put this? -- just a bit different from touring around other famous resorts. You were thinking a quick walk-through of The Breakers or another summer mansion? Think again.

Myles Away From Mathematics, Magic and Mystery

Colm Mulcahy | Posted 05.22.2016 | Books
Colm Mulcahy

Did you ever wish you'd asked one more question of somebody you once knew, who is no longer around to chat with? The great unasked question most on my mind in recent times is this.

The Day I Defended Fifty Shades of Grey(!)

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.19.2016 | Books
Lev Raphael

When I saw this excerpt all over Facebook recently, I had to cry foul. I knew it was fake. As bad a writer as E.L. James is, this isn't her special kind of bad. This is different. It's just a shade more grotesque. And while Christian Grey is lots of things -- none of them interesting -- he doesn't mewl. Maybe the book would have been better if he had.

Are Small Presses the Best Choice for Latino Writers?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.16.2016 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Recently, I wrote about the dismal publishing scene for Latino authors. Well, I was remiss in at least one aspect. I implied that Hispanic writers are limited only to pitching the big New York publishing houses or jumping into the self-publishing quagmire. There is another option.

The Word Count Dilemma

Steven Petite | Posted 05.10.2016 | Books
Steven Petite

Comparing yourself to prize winning and commercially successful novelists is not rational and can only lead to negative thoughts. Make goals, maintain them, and most importantly, write every day.

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.

Postmodern Magic

Dan Truong | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
Dan Truong

This past summer, I read the novel Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. It details the story of one man, whose name happens to be Jonath...

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...

Ripped From the Headlines: My Ferguson Novel

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.27.2015 | Crime
Lev Raphael

I once introduced a best-selling thriller writer at a reading here in Michigan and mentioned -- among other things -- that he was a finalist for some award. When he got to the podium he quipped, "You know what a finalist means, don't you? It means you didn't win."

Growing Up With the Holocaust as a Writer

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Lev Raphael

As a youth I thought being the son of survivors was a burden, but I gratefully came to see it as a gift because it not only gave me a mission, it was the first subject that animated my writing. It's what helped me find my voice.

15 Howlers from Fifty Shades of Grey

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.03.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Like The Deerslayer, it's often very funny, unintentionally so. Here are 15 terrific examples, though going to 50 wouldn't be difficult.