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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.

Expats Write About Love and Life in Asia

Ann Tashi Slater | Posted 06.30.2015 | Books
Ann Tashi Slater

This month brings memoirs from three wonderful Asia-based American authors to put on your summer reading list!

Killing Monica, a Conversation With Candace Bushnell

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.24.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Candace Bushnell is a novelist and television producer who, from 1994-1996, wrote a column for The New York Observer, which was adapted into the bestselling anthology, Sex and the City. It became the basis for the HBO hit series of the same name.

5 Signs You Should Invest in a Memoir Coach

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 06.03.2015 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

Writing a memoir can be very challenging. Besides all that goes with the writing process of getting your story down on paper, there are also challenges such as where to start your story, how to tell your story in an engaging way, and which writing techniques to use so you can express yourself effectively.

7 Lessons You Need to Learn When Writing Your Book

Maria Ross | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
Maria Ross

Ever wanted to write a book? Do you have an unfinished opus about your expertise sitting on your laptop? How about the next Harry Potter or crime thriller?

The Myth of the Suicidal Writer

Warren Adler | Posted 06.22.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

The myth contends that because the artist is blessed with such extraordinary insight, he or she can see into deeper truths where there is only futility, darkness, disillusion and death. It is all part of the tortured artist stereotype. I'm not entirely sold.

'Kiss of the Jewel Bird' Is Like Mining for Gold

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.07.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Dale Cramer has written many worthwhile novels in his career, but none of them has possessed the ridiculousness or the brilliance of Kiss of the Jewel Bird.

Am I 'Just' A Mommy Blogger?

Shanell Mouland | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

I'm sitting at Starbucks. It's 7:05 p.m.. I have a notebook with me. I have doubts about trying to record my thoughts here, in this way, but I've seen so many people do it, that I am willing to give it a go.

Valentine's Day, Secret Love, and Edith Wharton

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.02.2015 | Women
Lev Raphael

Edith Wharton is not a writer you tend to think of on Valentine's day. Her marriage was unhappy and the affair she had in her forties was with a faithless cad (it was a secret until the 1970s).

One No Fail Writer's Routine

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

I get off the floor and sit back at my desk. If no ideas are immediately forthcoming, I go upstairs to use my neti pot to unblock my sinus passages so oxygen can move freely to my brain; I blow my nose and return to my desk.

Writer Gets Readers to Pay Him to Edit his Manuscript

Keith Thomson | Posted 12.31.2014 | Books
Keith Thomson

One of the hardest parts of the writing process is getting honest feedback. Close friends and family think nothing of lying in order to spare your feelings about as little as a poem. So they'll sooner tell you that your baby is ugly than that they didn't like the manuscript you've agonized over for two years.

Bang for Your Words: Exploring Our Sexuality Helps Us Write More

Loren Kleinman | Posted 11.25.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Art and sexuality share a commonality. Both are often considered provocative. Bad sexual experiences can be frustrating and even traumatizing. The same goes for bad artistic experiences. And great sex, like great art can be stirring and stimulating.

Finding the Fear Factor: An interview With Indie Horror Author, Tammy Vreeland

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.19.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Finding inspiration, Vreeland took what happened and weaved a fictional story around it. Since then, Vreeland has authored six horror books. Her most recent, The Sea of Souls, is a sequel to The Folks.

Why Writing Is Rewriting, And Rewriting Is Writing

John Casey | Posted 11.19.2014 | Books
John Casey

When I was 23 and about to go to law school, I thought I'd spend the summer writing a novel. (A bit more than a half-century later, I laugh.) To keep ...

If Only I Could Find the Time to Write

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.13.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

If you want to be an actual writer that puts words down on the page, you may need to change how you look writing and make choices to do it. It isn't the forces of the world that conspire against your time for writing -- it's your own way of approaching the world.

Writing What Scares You

Rachel Thompson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Rachel Thompson

When you can dig deep to uncover that stinging level of honesty, people will relate to your authenticity. So stop being scared and write the hard stuff.

Mother-Writer: An Interview With Curtis Sittenfeld

Kristen Levithan | Posted 07.05.2014 | Books
Kristen Levithan

Curtis Sittenfeld is the bestselling author of American Wife, Prep, and The Man of My Dreams. Her latest novel, Sisterland, is a gripping, intimate ...

When Characters Talk, Writers Listen

Karen Dionne | Posted 05.19.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

My first two novels began with a plot. A solar energy company melting Antarctic icebergs into drinking water. A Nobel-winning scientist who wants to c...

Adult? Young Adult? Just Write

Jonathan Curelop | Posted 05.05.2014 | Books
Jonathan Curelop

You need to break down those internal editors in order to discover and connect with that kernel of truth that will ultimately define your characters and, therefore, your books.

The Death of Ink

Warren Adler | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

Whenever I read about the demise of the print newspaper, I am reminded of the curious circumstances surrounding my third novel, The Henderson Equation.

Writing Taboo

Tracy Strauss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Tracy Strauss

While sexual abuse may be the context of my memoir, it is not my story. My story, in fact, is not about trauma or anything remotely "taboo" -- my story is about transcendence.

What's Behind the Covers?

Kimberlie I. Leon | Posted 07.08.2013 | Books
Kimberlie I. Leon


The Genesis of a Novel

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.23.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

A writer is someone who always has an eye open and an ear cocked. I am no exception. Drawing from life is at the heart of my novels, although each one begins in its unique way.

The Road to Publication - Part Two: The Next Step

S.L. Scott | Posted 03.10.2013 | Books
S.L. Scott

You did it! You have finished writing your novel... at least the first draft. Take a moment, a day, or a week to enjoy this great accomplishment. It's worthy of appreciation. Do not waste the time though.

The Road to Publication - Part One: Writers and Book Sellers

S.L. Scott | Posted 02.26.2013 | Books
S.L. Scott

I write in the middle of the chaos of my living room. I stay up late to write in the serenity of the night and wake up early to squeeze in an hour of writing before my family awakens. I do these things because that is what I have to do to follow my passion and pursue my dreams.