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The Bird that Sang in Color is the story of a woman who creates the life she always wanted and then leaves it behind when she discovers the secret to living free. Donna, in her early teens, decides that having a fulfilling life is… Continue Reading “THE BIRD THAT SANG IN COLOR by Grace Mattioli”

Betty P. Notzon

My love of words started with President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Watching his speeches on TV as a little girl, I was bowled over by the big words he used. Words, I suspect, like deficit, congressional inquiry, and fiscal responsibility, words still being heard in… Continue Reading “Betty P. Notzon”

Literary Devices Make Writers Giggle by John Espie

Back when I was taking Lit classes, I kept learning about allegory and extended metaphors and allusions and lots of other fancy words, and the whole time I couldn’t help but think, Are these professors taking this stuff way more seriously than the actual writers did?

Writing the Gift Story by Alex Bernstein

No one likes staring at a blank page. Fortunately, many writers cultivate all sorts of prompts and tools to conquer that authorial vacuum as much as possible – whether it be leaving the previous day’s writing off on a cliffhanger – or maintaining an… Continue Reading “Writing the Gift Story by Alex Bernstein”

South America and Iron Spires over the White CitY by Joseph Rollins

My favorite question at book readings is why I chose Colombia for the setting of my Victorian-era steampunk novel. After opening in London, the main characters travel to New Grenada, the colonial name for the northwest corner of South America. The story progresses from… Continue Reading “South America and Iron Spires over the White CitY by Joseph Rollins”

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”