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Don’t Judge a Book by Its Genre

Have you heard this one? A witch and a vampire walk into a bar and have a drink. They fall in love, but are forbidden to have a relationship. A conflict ensues and they spend the next three books trying to overcome prejudice, political malice, and murderous…


Added by Evette Davis on September 17, 2014 at 8:00am — 16 Comments

DOs and DON'Ts of Deep POV

What deep POV is

Deep POV (Point of View) has been increasing in publishing for the last 20 years or so, and it’s getting more popular every year. Sometimes it’s also called tight or close POV. If…


Added by Jeni Chappelle on September 9, 2014 at 3:00am — No Comments

Writing Contests: Worth It or Not?

You know how things go in cycles? Well, lately I’ve met quite a few writers who have entered writing contests…and been disappointed with the results. I don’t just mean they didn’t win. In fact at least one of them did win and was still upset! But there were also unpleasant surprises about the process.

Which got me thinking: how do you know if a writing contest is for you? And…


Added by Jeni Chappelle on September 4, 2014 at 11:56am — No Comments

Interview with Donna Galanti, author of ‘A Hidden Element,’ book 2 in The Element Trilogy

Donna Galanti writes murder and mystery with a dash of steam as well as middle grade adventure fiction. She is the author of books 1 and 2 in the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy, A Human Element andA Hidden Element, the short story collection The Dark Inside, and Joshua and The Lightning…


Added by Mayra Calvani on September 2, 2014 at 11:08am — 1 Comment

Have You Ever Been Pregnant?

Akashic Books (a terrific indie press out of Brooklyn, NY) just published a new short of mine as part of their web series dedicated to flash fiction. This story is about being 44 and having a first baby... check it out...

"Little Bear's Apgar Score" is now live on Akashic's website, and can be found here:…


Added by Caroline Bock on August 27, 2014 at 7:38am — No Comments

Oh Oh! Did Summer Adventuring Water-log Your Writing Schedule?

Did you let your writing and your characters snooze for the last month or so like I did, instead of taking them along for the summer fun? Guess what? It's time to re-motivate, re-dedicate and re-activate your Write Brain.  You might have to re-read what you have written to date, to reacquaint yourself with your story's progress.  Don't beat yourself for letting time slide by,  A little distance from your story can be a good thing.  Make some notes as you read through. Hopefully, you will…


Added by Dawne E. Knobbe on August 11, 2014 at 1:49pm — No Comments

First Chapter: In the Mirror by Kaira Rouda

What choices would you make if you knew you might die soon?

From the multi award-winning, best-selling author of four books, including Here, Home, Hope, a gripping and heart wrenching novel about a young mother who has it all. The only problem is she may be dying.

In her previous works…


Added by Dorothy Thompson on August 1, 2014 at 9:18am — No Comments

Profile: Donna Galanti, Author of ‘A Human Element’

Donna Galanti writes murder and mystery as well as middle grade adventure fiction. She is an International Thriller Writers Debut Author of the paranormal suspense novel A Human Element, the short story collection The Dark Inside, and the forthcoming Joshua and The Lightning Road.…


Added by Mayra Calvani on July 30, 2014 at 7:28pm — No Comments

Claiming the Name of Writer

I did not consider myself a writer until I started working for Hedgebrook.


I was an actor who wrote occasionally, a theatre major who had gravitated toward non-profit communications, but not a writer.


When I was introduced to new people, the conversation would often go something like this:…


Added by Katie Woodzick on July 30, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Guest Columnist for Fiction University on Character Evolution

Character Evolution: Don’t Restrict Your Characters to Your Original Vision of Them

By Robin Leemann Donovan 

Characters have a way of evolving in a story, sometimes for the…

Added by Robin Leemann Donovan on July 30, 2014 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Are These Four Beliefs Keeping You from Starting Your Novel?

Few endeavors are as complex, challenging, exciting, terrifying, joyful, exhausting, frustrating, and just plain fun as writing a novel. Few bring as many tears—or as much fulfillment. And very few are as hard. For many new writers, the biggest challenge is getting started. First-time novelists…


Added by Jill Jepson on July 29, 2014 at 7:30am — 26 Comments

5 Questions for...C. Susan Nunn

C. Susan Nunn is the author of the new book Song of the Earth, which just became available on Amazon, print and Kindle, on July 18. Susan holds an MFA, with a dual concentration in fiction and creative nonfiction, from Antioch University Los Angeles, and is a Certified…


Added by Five Questions on July 21, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

New Release: Just Sex Please, Part II -- a Short, Erotic, Multicultural Romance Featuring a BBW

Just Sex Please, Part II, an erotic, interracial romance featuring a 40-something BBW (big, beautiful woman) has just been published. Of the new release, the author says:

I had no intention of writing a sequel when I first wrote this short, erotic romance. But the first one landed in the Top 100 in a couple of categories on Amazon (Divorce / Erotic), so I felt like it hit some kind of nerve. Also, I got emails specifically asking for a sequel. I think the novel hit some…


Added by Yuwanda Black on July 9, 2014 at 11:06am — No Comments

Writing for My Life in the Face of Death, with Focus on the Writing Life and Competing Sediments

Until a few days ago I was in a funk, missing B across the hall and also going through a rough patch with the chapter in my novel. Now B's family have cleared out her apartment, her memorial service has been held, and I am picking up my own life again. And I'm moving ahead with the chapter that was giving me trouble.

It's still the chapter about Mississippi Freedom Summer (1964) and most importantly how the pov character Sophie and her co-workers in the Adult Education Center…


Added by Diane L. Fowlkes on July 6, 2014 at 4:43pm — 1 Comment

Book Review: ‘Stolen Dreams’ by Christine Amsden

I can’t believe this is the last book in the Cassie Scot new adult paranormal mystery series! I really have enjoyed this series a lot.

If you’re new to the series, I advise you to pick up the books in order:

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective  …


Added by Mayra Calvani on June 29, 2014 at 4:28am — No Comments

Destiny’s Anvil: A Tale of Politics, Payback & Pigs by Steven Wells Hicks

From New Orleans novelist Steven Wells Hicks (The Gleaner; The Fall of Adam; Horizontal Adjustment) comes a classic tale of revenge between a sociopathic politician and the campaign puppet master who unleashes him
 on the people of Louisiana.

Written from an…


Added by Kelsey McBride on June 20, 2014 at 3:37pm — No Comments

New Release: Interracial, BBW, Erotic Romance Exploring Divorce, Sexuality & Women Hiring Male Escorts

Just Sex Please


More women are paying for sex. That's a fact. Proof?


In New Zealand, one study found that one in 4 women would be willing to hire a male prostitute.~Women Who Pay For Sex: Men, Stereotypes, and the Erotic.,


Why Women Pay for Sex



Added by Yuwanda Black on June 8, 2014 at 6:24pm — No Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] HYSTERICAL: Anna Freud's Story

MY WRITING LIFE is a mixture of science journalism, humor, and fiction.

My interest in writing a novel about Anna Freud was born 22 years ago when I was researching the nonfiction book, Unspeakable Truths and Happy Endings: Human Cruelty and…


Added by Rebecca Coffey on June 8, 2014 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Writing for My Life in the Face of Death

First, a short update: B is away this afternoon, seeing a doctor, so that means she's up and about. I'll try to catch her later this afternoon. And now another neighbor down the hall is in distress; she is moving to the third floor, assisted living. She is 98. Her daughter told me it is time, though M is "mad as a hornet" about the move and having her son and daughter clear out her apartment, which she doesn't want to leave. I empathize with her. In the process of writing these blog entries,…


Added by Diane L. Fowlkes on June 4, 2014 at 12:14pm — 3 Comments

Why I Wrote a "Peace Dialogue" Story

This week, my Pushcart Prize-nominated novella, The Wedding of Anna F.,  about an unexpected encounter between an elderly Jewish woman and a young Arabic graduate…


Added by Mylene Dressler on May 31, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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