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Womens Fiction

Debut Author Virginia Franken Talks about Flawed Characters, Her (New) Addiction to Coffee, What Dance Taught Her about Writing, and More

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.08.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

In her entertaining debut novel, Life After Coffee, Virginia Franken offers us the story of coffee buyer Amy O'Hara, who has devoted so much time to h...

The View Co-Host Sara Haines Chats with Bestselling Author Emily Liebert

Emily Liebert | Posted 09.29.2016 | Books
Emily Liebert

Emily Liebert and I have been friends for 20 years, but I became a "fan" after reading her first novel You Knew Me When. Don't get me wrong, I always knew she was super talented, but I couldn't put that book down (and then tweeted her from a cross country flight from L.A. because I was too antsy to wait).

A Fictional Character's Take on Being Over 30 and Single

Nicole Evelina | Posted 05.10.2016 | Books
Nicole Evelina

The only background I will give is this: Annabeth is a 34-year-old hopeless romantic who is still struggling to find her soul mate. She decides that rather than waiting for him to come to her, she's going to do everything she can to try to find him, including using a fictional online dating site, which is the genesis for this column.

Some Women

Emily Liebert | Posted 04.08.2016 | Books
Emily Liebert

On the heels of the release of my new novel, SOME WOMEN, I have a confession to make. Until two years ago, I hadn't exercised in over a decade.

Lies and Other Acts of Love: An Interview With Kristy Woodson Harvey

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 04.06.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Kristy Woodson Harvey's, Lies and Other Acts of Love, calls on one of the oldest questions: what would you do for love? What would you do to find lov...

Author Jennifer Brown Talks About How to Research a Novel, Conquering Rejection, and Writing Even When It Hurts

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.05.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

I'm addicted to book review porn the way some people ogle real estate ads, vacation brochures, or the latest iPhone gadgets. When I first read the advance reviews of Jennifer Brown's debut novel, Modern Girls, I knew this was a must-read.

3 Times Women's Fiction Adaptations Were Better Than the Books

Alisa Valdes | Posted 03.16.2016 | Books
Alisa Valdes

If you're an author with aspirations of seeing your work adapted for film or TV, people love to look at you like you're a sad puppy. "Oh, but movies are never as good as the book," they say. But is that really true? Happily, no.

For Novelist Marin Thomas, Playing Basketball Prepared Her for the Writing Life

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.07.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

Author Marin Thomas has had an enviable career as a writer by any stretch, having published twenty-five romance novels with Harlequin before venturing...

Unforgiven: A Conversation with Marin Thomas

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.04.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

What does it mean to forgive in a town so hard and dry that it's called Unforgiven. Ruby Baxter, the protagonist of Marin Thomas' latest novel, The P...

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 10.12.2016 | 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 10.12.2016 | 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 09.07.2016 | 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 08.20.2016 | 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 07.27.2016 | 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 07.19.2016 | 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 06.23.2016 | 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 06.05.2016 | 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 05.22.2016 | 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.