Alison Winn Scotch's high-concept novels take compelling plots ('What if you could go back in time and fix your mistakes? What if you woke up one day and all of your dreams had come true?') and mixes them with well-drawn-out characters and realistic settings.
Jennifer Robson had the idea for her gorgeous and riveting historical novel, Somewhere in France, bouncing around in the back of her mind for years before she put pen to paper. What resulted was a phenomenal story of hope and love set amidst the Great War.
How many authors of commercial fiction do you know who get huge, glowing profiles in the New Yorker? Well, Jennifer Weiner just did, as she continues to ride her successful hobbyhorse about not getting respect.
Lisa O'Donnell's debut novel explores the lives of two sisters coming of age while facing the mysterious deaths of their parents. O'Donnell answered a few questions about her writing process, her inspiration and the best piece of writing advice she ever received.
Due to a common writing misstep, Gary Kamiya, a highly experienced writer and editor, found himself with only six months to write a 385-page book. The book is a love song in 49 chapters to his home town.
Barry Eisler is the best-selling author of two thriller series, one featuring John Rain, a half-Japanese, half-American former soldier turned freelance assassin; and another featuring black ops soldier Ben Treven.
Weiner isn't just expert at giving her reading public what it wants, she's a master at creating controversy and making headlines by attacking noted authors in the news. It's a canny strategy guaranteed to boost her already high public profile. Midlist authors, take note.
As a fitting tie-in to National Library Week and National Poetry Month, the Marin County Free Library is launching a new monthly television series in partnership with the Marin Poetry Center, and in collaboration with Community Media Center of Marin.
Athena's broad range of qualities and skills are a symbol and namesake for best-selling author John Gerzema and Michael D'Antonio's new book, The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the men who think like them) Will Rule The Future. A more apt title would be hard to find.
"Taking responsibility for our emotions is not about prohibiting ourselves from experiencing our emotions, it's about understanding how to transform ourselves emotionally from a state of unrest to a state of calm instead."