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An Exploration of the Intense and Moody Depths of a Friendship

Off The Shelf | Posted 01.19.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

The book I found within this cheery package, however -- a thoughtful, elegiac, time- and country-hopping emotional epic about female friendship and mortality -- is, to me, a substantially dark and meditative story that only in moments captures bright joy and breezy romantic ephemera.

Author Laura Drake on Indie v.s. Traditional Publishing, Cowboys and Why She Loves Her Motorcycle

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.15.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

"I'd have to say my art imitates my life. I've always been one to throw myself off cliffs. Not because I'm brave, but because I can't stop myself; that's how I learn best."

First Frost: An Interview with Sarah Addison Allen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 01.05.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

In Sarah Addison Allen's First Frost, we return to Bascom, North Carolina, and the magical Waverly family first featured in Garden Spells. Addison Allen's books feature a splendid use of magical realism that immerses us into the hearts and minds of her characters. We spoke about the nature of belonging, magic, and writing.

Guess I'm a "Trans-Genre" Writer

Phil Fragasso | Posted 12.08.2015 | Books
Phil Fragasso

I recently had a new novel accepted by a publisher. When people ask about the book, they usually want to know three things: the title, the plot, and t...

Indie to Traditional: A Conversation With Kate Moretti

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 12.03.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Kate Moretti's latest thriller, The Vanishing Year, marks a new transition for the New York Times bestselling author. With this novel, she is moving from a digital/print on demand publisher to a traditional publisher. This process represents one that so many independent and self-publishers dream about -- cracking into the work of traditional publishing.

What Happened When My Characters Hijacked My Novel

Holly Robinson | Posted 11.20.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

I write emotional family mysteries, the sort of fiction where the characters suffer through freakin' horrible crises: abandoned children, missing pare...

The Good Neighbor: A Conversation With Author Amy Sue Nathan

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.13.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Good Neighbor, brings us the story of Elizabeth aka Izzy Lane and her introduction to the worlds of Internet celebrity and dating after divorce.

Author Amy Sue Nathan Dishes on Writing, Social Media Savvy and Why Books Are Like M&Ms

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.12.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

"I am kind of programmed to help other writers and have been doing that since long before I had an agent or book contract. It inspired me to be around (virtually) other writers, published and not."

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."

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.

Friendship and Romance: A Conversation With Author Cathy Lamb

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.27.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

I had the privilege of talking with her about what makes her tick as an author, how she keeps the ideas coming and the power of friendship, romance and love.

This Shocking Book Cover Sums Up The Sneaky Sexism Of Literary Publishing

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 07.21.2015 | Arts

The casual store-window browser could be forgiven for thinking the book jackets below conceal entirely different texts. One, festooned in eerily lumi...

For the Love of Food, Romance, and Milwaukee: A Conversation with Amy E. Reichert

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Amy E. Reichert is the author of the debut novel, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake. Reichert describes herself as a wife, mom, amateur chef, Fix-It Mistress, and cider enthusiast with a passion for her local library and its board.

Candace Bushnell's New Book Is Outdated Chick Lit

Pauline Millard | Posted 06.24.2015 | Books
Pauline Millard

Most writers have on their laptops at least one draft of a novel that is about 100 pages long. It's the sort of project that starts out strong and inspired but soon loses steam. And so it sits, until the Muse strikes again. And it often sits there for a long time.

Must Love Words: Entanglement Author, Katie Rose Guest Pryal

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 06.05.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Katie Rose Guest Pryal is the author of the Velvet Morning Press release, Entanglement. Katie spoke to me about the many roles she assumes in her life and how they all lead back to her "love of the written word."

Summer Reading: Women's Fiction Style

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.22.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

As the summer season heats up, some people like to take a dip into the ocean or the pools, others like to dip into their summer reading. Here are some titles to get you started whether you are at the beach or just wish you were.

Who Is the Romance Novel Reader?

Maya Rodale | Posted 05.07.2015 | Books
Maya Rodale

The romance industry is big -- it's the second largest category of fiction, outselling science fiction, fantasy and the classics -- which means there are a lot of readers, who may or may not fit the stereotype. It means that you or someone you know might be reading romances.

At the Water's Edge: A Writer's Conversation With Sara Gruen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.06.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Sara Gruen author of the new release, AT THE WATER'S EDGE, shared some insight into her writing process and what lead her to set her latest novel at the edge of Scotland's Loch Ness during World War II.

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What Happens After A Celebrity Couple Gets Their Happy Ending

HuffingtonPost.com | Maddie Crum | Posted 04.07.2015 | Books

Behind the Duchess of Cambridge's demure dresses and artfully arranged headwear lies ... well, who's to say? Though the media's interest in the royal ...

Magical Realism and MFA Programs: A Conversation with Author Andrea Lochen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.30.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Andrea Lochen is the author of The Repeat Year (Berkley, 2013) and Imaginary Things (Astor + Blue Editions, 2015). She attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison for her Bachelor's degree in English and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for her MFA in Creative Writing.

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

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.03.2015 | 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 05.02.2015 | 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.

A Conversation with Jane Green

Emily Liebert | Posted 03.18.2015 | Books
Emily Liebert

"Initially from a bookkeeper we had employed who turned out to be dishonest, with a history of stealing we didn't discover until it was too late," Jane Green tells me.

Yoerg Barks Up Right Tree With Debut Novel

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.08.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

House Broken tells the story of Geneva, a veterinarian, who reluctantly allows her alcoholic mother to recuperate in her home and uses the opportunity to delve into family secrets. It's told from three points-of-view: Geneva's, her mother's and Geneva's 16-year-old daughter.

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!