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Protagonist

'A Book Club? You Must be Kidding.'

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.10.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

As an author of psychological suspense thrillers, I've been invited to several book clubs to talk about my novels. It's a very engaging kind of contact with readers and is unlike speaking at libraries, being on a panel of authors or talking to members of an organization.

Suspicion: A Talk with Joseph Finder

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Joseph Finder has a background every thriller novelist would love to have. He spent his early childhood living around the world.

Everything to Lose: A Talk With Andrew Gross

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.21.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

His recent thrillers, No Way Back, 15 Seconds and Eyes Wide Open will be joined on April 22nd by his new novel Everything to Lose.

Character Is Destiny

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.15.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

People often talk about a novel being plot-driven or character-driven. For me, that can be an artificial distinction. For my taste, the best novels -- those that capture me and make me feel sorry the read is coming to an end -- are those driven by both.

Your Brain on Books

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.08.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I was fascinated by an article dated January 4, 2014 in the Science section of The Independent, a British newspaper. The article noted research done...

The Protagonist

Christine Hoh | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Christine Hoh

When you are a supporting character of your own life and you let others be the protagonist, you'll look back and see that there is nothing left. But when you take ownership and be grateful in your own skin and lead with the giving heart, then you are THE protagonist of your own life. Your feet will be grounded.

Great Male Protagonists We Wouldn't Want to Be Friends With

Claire Fallon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Claire Fallon

2013-10-04-ScreenShot20131004at6.13.45PM.pngMany male protagonists seem palatable enough at first glance -- unless we hold them to the more exacting friendship standard.

Writing Evil to Balance the Good

S.L. Scott | Posted 09.25.2013 | Books
S.L. Scott

What is a victory worth if there is no battle to be won? A well-developed villain makes the hero of the story someone we want to root for and love and someone worth continuing to read about.

Not an Urban Queen: Rants of a Bibliophile

Tayé Foster Bradshaw | Posted 06.18.2013 | Black Voices
Tayé Foster Bradshaw

I've been there, I see a rainbow everywhere. Is it because the media giants want to white wash out the experiences of black and brown women? Or is it because they think white women will not watch the show or read the book if the central character is a black woman?

Do We Need to Identify With a Protagonist to Enjoy a Novel?

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 05.21.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

From the 18th century onward, novels have shown themselves to be remarkably effective, durable technologies for encouraging us to extend our understanding to others. And if that isn't a good reason to pick up a good book, then I don't know what is.

Wrestling With Point of View in Your Writing

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.02.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

Sometimes it takes several drafts before you get the point of view that works for a particular story.

Adding Character to Your Story

Jen Grisanti | Posted 12.13.2011 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

A strong character can make all the difference in the world in a good story. How do you add depth to your character and your story? What makes the viewer feel the plight of your character?

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah: 8 Favorite Fictional Jewish Characters In Books (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

To help ring in Rosh Hashanah -- the Jewish New Year -- we've reflected on the Jewish literary canon. From Philip Roth to Michael Chabon, some of the ...

Fela!: A Strong Narrator Takes You Far

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danny Groner

Fela! relies on its narrator to become our leader, our beacon of hope, and our hero for the night.

Why Did Miguel Syjuco Name The Main Character In His Novel Miguel Syjuco?

Time | Justin Himenez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In Spanish, Ilustrado means "enlightened one." During the 19th century, it referred to the Philippines' European-educated literati, whose revolutionar...

10 Recent Releases That Inspire Social Change

TakePart.com | Nicole Hughes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Can movies inspire real change? Of course they can! Films change people, who in turn change the world. Although most folks go to the movies for entert...