Category: Guest Blog

Reality is Elusively Absurd by Brian Petkash

Reality is elusively absurd. To render in art the every day, the rhythm, and meter of life, can be a fool’s errand. One must first set out to define what is real, it seems, and then develop a method of sending one’s fictional reality… Continue Reading “Reality is Elusively Absurd by Brian Petkash”

On the Origin of Ideas by Richard Cunliffe

Among the many questions asked of authors, one of the most frequent must be: “Where do you get your ideas from?” My answer often proves a surprise.

Fat Books, Tolkien, and Resurrection Power by Michael Jack Webb

I can’t help myself—I write “fat” books! I’ve tried to write books under one hundred thousand words, but no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to lose the weight. My very first novel started out at over two hundred thousand words—and became… Continue Reading “Fat Books, Tolkien, and Resurrection Power by Michael Jack Webb”

Following Hollywood on location by Richard Starks

Write what you know. That’s one of the rules for creating good fiction, so as much as possible you should draw on your own first-hand experiences. Not easy to do when you’re writing historical fiction (unless you’re two hundred years old), in which case… Continue Reading “Following Hollywood on location by Richard Starks”

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Getting Published by Michael Jack Webb

            Okay, it’s not really “funny.”             I began brainstorming about becoming an author in my mother’s womb. As a child, I loved to make up and tell fanciful, exciting stories, or act them out. A couple of the kids I grew up with… Continue Reading “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Getting Published by Michael Jack Webb”

Howie, His Parcel Winch, and the Smothering of the Human Soul by Gavin Wicklow

There is a gem of an Italian film from the early 1970s that’s titled Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion and stars the late, great Gian Maria Volonté. While watching it, it isn’t terribly difficult, even for someone like yours truly, who was not alive at… Continue Reading “Howie, His Parcel Winch, and the Smothering of the Human Soul by Gavin Wicklow”

Thoughts on writing a collection of interlinked stories by Elizabeth Merry

Carey Harrison, novelist and playwright, said once, that if you get into the habit of writing novels, short stories, plays, or television scripts, then every idea you get turns itself into the appropriate length. And to avoid that, you should aim for different lengths,… Continue Reading “Thoughts on writing a collection of interlinked stories by Elizabeth Merry”

You Won’t Know Unless You Try by June Rollins

In 1970, when I was in the eighth grade, I met with my guidance counselor to determine my electives. I told her I wanted to be an artist, and she registered me for Art 101. I still remember how eager I felt on the… Continue Reading “You Won’t Know Unless You Try by June Rollins”

Author interview with Chris Humphreys

What’s your favorite thing you have written? Oh, so hard to answer! It’s like choosing between my children! (Uh, actually that’s easy because I only have one) I like different books for different reasons: the mad fun of The French Executioner, the cool adventures… Continue Reading “Author interview with Chris Humphreys”