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Self-Publishing Literary Fiction: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Cari Noga Reveals All to the Book Doctors

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.20.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors met Cari Noga in 2011, when she won our National Novel Writing Month Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for books). Her pitch was spectacular, haunting and superbly crafted.

Q&A Session with Award-Winning Author, Sheri Booker

Christina Scribner | Posted 08.25.2014 | Women
Christina Scribner

Sheri Booker is a teacher in Baltimore, spoken word artist, poet, public speaker, and author. Her latest publication, a memoir titled, "NINE YEARS UND...

Staycation With Exotic Suspense Fiction

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 08.19.2014 | Books
Terry Kelhawk

Numerous thrillers and suspense writings titillate us by hopping from country to country -- a la James Bond. But let's take a look at some successful examples of exotic suspense written by people who live where they write -- natives or expats.

Advice to Authors on Characters

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books
J Nelson Aviance

We want authors to write characters who take us on a journey and present us with questions that challenge our own beliefs and perceptions. And we as writers want to write the next Willy Loman, or even Harry Potter.

4 Extraordinary Literary Women Who Redefined Feminine Perfection

Sunny Rosen | Posted 08.14.2014 | Books
Sunny Rosen

Like many young women, I struggle with the constant desire to be "perfect," mentally and physically. It can be so hard to follow advice to find joy in the here and now and so easy to instead be weighed down by imperfection. Reading, though, is an escape from the pressures of reality, an immersion somewhere else that allows great happiness in the moment.

Beautiful Dystopia: A New Novel Reveals the Light Amid Russia's Darkness

Andrew D. Kaufman | Posted 08.13.2014 | Books
Andrew D. Kaufman

Every character in this book is a dreamer of one sort or another.

Matt Potter Talks Pure Slush

Loren Kleinman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Matt Potter is an Australian-born writer who keeps a part of his psyche in Berlin. Matt has been published in various places online, and he is, rather amazingly, also the founding editor of Pure Slush.

Royalties, New Novel by Andy Marx

Kate Kelly | Posted 08.11.2014 | Books
Kate Kelly

The era and subjects covered begin in the early 20th century. Marx's story tracks the progress of three main characters -- a comic vaudevillian, a popular music composer, and a woman who gets her start in the music publishing business as a "song plugger."

How Religion Affects Children's Judgment of What Is Real and What Is Pretend

Kathleen Corriveau | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Kathleen Corriveau

How does exposure to religion influence young children's learning? We asked this question in a study published this month in the journal Cognitive Science.

Why I Gave John the Baptist a Wife

K. Ford K. | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
K. Ford K.

When I began my research for a novel about John the Baptist, I expected to find a wild man dressed in camel hair robes, eating locusts and honey in the desert. The enigmatic and mysterious man I found was quite different. The man I found was charismatic, passionate, popular and brave.

Michael J. Seidlinger Shares His Coping Mechanisms

Loren Kleinman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Michael J. Seidlinger is the author of a number of novels including The Fun We've Had, The Laughter of Strangers, My Pet Serial Killer and The Sky Conducting.

The Perfect Stranger: A Talk With Wendy Corsi Staub

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

With the release of her 21st thriller, The Perfect Stranger, NY Times bestselling suspense novelist Wendy Corsi Staub will have published more than eighty novels in various genres.

Borneo

Terence Clarke | Posted 07.23.2014 | Books
Terence Clarke

With a degree in English Literature fresh in my hands and with little money of my own, I figured the Peace Corps was a good way to travel, something I had almost never done.

Bernardine Evaristo, Literary Rebel With a Cause

Diriye Osman | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
Diriye Osman

British-Nigerian novelist and poet, Bernardine Evaristo is not only a master of literary gender-bending but she's also adroit at subverting well-worn tropes from slavery to stifled sexuality in a way that feels new, visceral, vital.

The Road to Equality in Media... So Far

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.22.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

The world has changed a lot in the past few decades, but gay men still face violence and abuse. Anyone cognizant of current events recognizes that we haven't come far enough in trans inclusiveness, and lesbians and bisexual people still get left out in the cold too often.

Q&A With Elizabeth McCracken About Thunderstruck & Other Stories

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 07.17.2014 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

National Book Award finalist Elizabeth McCracken's Thunderstruck & Other Stories is a national treasure. The stories in Thunderstruck brim over with both magic, and the despair that follows devastating loss.

The Adjunct's Progress: Cyrus Duffelman, 10 Years Later

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 07.16.2014 | College
Joseph A. Domino

Adjunct professors rarely if ever show up in fiction, but Alex Kudera of Clemson University traced a day in the life of Cyrus Duffleman, representative of the academic underclass majority that fills most faculty slots.

The First Time Our Favorite Magical Creatures Appeared in Fantasy Novels and Legends

Meira Bienstock | Posted 07.09.2014 | Books
Meira Bienstock

The language and characters intertwined with the fantasy world we have imagined has come as second nature for those of us who read stories of magic. Listed below are the magical creatures and the first time they made an appearance in literature.

The Diary

Tom Garrett | Posted 06.30.2014 | Fifty
Tom Garrett

I ran into Wendy at the Humane Society Pet Adoption event today. It wasn't a coincidence. Sometimes when I know where she's going to be, I find a wa...

SHORTLISTED: The 2014 PEN Literary Awards

PEN American Center | Posted 08.20.2014 | Books
PEN American Center

Spanning fiction, essays, science writing, biography, sports writing, translation and children's books, the 2014 PEN Literary Awards celebrate the best of literature from around the world.

A Fiction First Aid Kit: 7 Bibliotherapy Techniques to Help You Feel Better With Fiction

Lucy Horner | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books
Lucy Horner

Using books as therapy is accessible to us all, is free with a library card, and even has a name: bibliotherapy. Here are a few ways to apply bibliotherapy to your own life and create your personal fiction first aid kit for challenging feelings and situations.

Stealing Life

Holly Whiteoak | Posted 06.09.2014 | Fifty
Holly Whiteoak

Damn. He's there again. I catch him out of the corner of my eye as I turn down the produce aisle. I move over to the wall of vegetables, so I can obse...

Laura Powell's 'Goddess' Is an Enchanting Read

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 08.04.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Britain is crumbling and a young soon-to-be Priestess named Aura from the Cult of Artemis is blind to it all. But everything changes when Aura meets a rebellious boy named Aiden.

The Cleansing

Glenn Diamond | Posted 06.02.2014 | Fifty
Glenn Diamond

The wretched practice of telephone sales is rarely selected by choice, but endured as a consequence of misfortune, desperation, or poor life skills. ...

Before Their Books Were Famous, These Authors Worked the Following Odd Jobs

Meira Bienstock | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Meira Bienstock

It may seem as though all the famous writers have full-time writing jobs to which boost their chances of their novels selling and hitting the bookshelves. However, by looking through the authors etched in literary history, this is far from the case.