The appeal with writing fiction had always been the ability to create anything, with the author only limited to what the mind can think up. If something turns out not to be working in the story, there's always the freedom to change it. But when writing about actual people and places, I found the urge to not stray from the historical facts to be strong, even at the expense of the story.
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.
Schools everywhere use books to teach students all kinds of subjects. Ruby, the 70-year-old grandmother in the novel by Jan Stites, Reading the Sweet Oak, starts a romance book club to try an teach her granddaughter, Tulsa, about love. Stites spoke to me about the Ozarks, making a great book club, and lessons we can learn about love.