Interview with J.S. Dewes, author of THE LAST WATCH

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

This week’s interview is with J.S. Dewes whose debut novel, THE LAST WATCH (available 4/20!) is a fast-paced sci-fi adventure that has been described as The Expanse meets Game of Thrones. Below, Dewes talks about some of the strangest jobs she’s had, the books she read as a child, and what she’s most looking forward to with the release of her book (hint: get your painting sets ready!). Enjoy!   J.S. DEWES…

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Stepping Past the First Gate with The Old Kingdom Series

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

There were—and are—many stories that inspired me to dive into writing, and specifically writing fantasy. From THE LORD OF THE RINGS to THE WHEEL OF TIME, these are expansive universes filled with heroes and villains, wild magic and desperate battles. But few stories made me feel like writing was an actual thing I could do than the Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix. I first discovered Garth Nix in high…

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Ray Bradbury is my homeboy

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The most formative moment of my childhood, and probably the event that influenced me most as a writer was, ironically, when my parents bought me my own TV when I was 6. And not only did I have my own TV but we had glorious, glorious cable, beamed straight into my bedroom. I watched so much TV when I was a kid that it’s actually amazing my rotted brain didn’t…

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Interview with Barbara Conrey, bestselling author of NOWHERE NEAR GOODBYE

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

This week’s interview is with Barbara Conrey whose debut novel, NOWHERE NEAR GOODBYE is a USA Today bestseller. Below, Barbara talks about the authors that inspire her, the story behind her book’s title, her next big project and more. Enjoy!   ABOUT BARBARA Barbara Conrey worked in the health care industry for many years before opting for an early retirement, which lasted all of three months. She then accepted a position…

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Interview with Julie Carrick Dalton, author of WAITING FOR THE NIGHT SONG

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

I’m so excited that this week’s interview is with Julie Carrick Dalton whose debut novel, WAITING FOR THE NIGHT SONG, came out YESTERDAY! Julie has been an incredibly generous writer friend who has always gone out of her way to shine a spotlight on every new debut author so it’s exciting to see her have this moment in the sun. Congratulations Julie! Below, Julie shares about the books she loved…

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Daydreaming My Way Into Writing

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

When I look back through the years, thinking about where I found the inspiration and the drive to become a writer, it’s impossible not to think about my childhood. As the youngest of four kids, I spent countless hours chasing after my older brothers, trying to weasel my way into their Nerf games and Lego battles. (Sure, I have an older sister too, but the eight-year age gap between us…

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Demons and Daydreams: How Hieronymus Bosch Got Me Writing

Thursday, December 10, 2020

I had a really hard time choosing a major in college. I went from Business Administration to Retailing, to Fashion, and finally landed in Art History – a perfect place for people like me who love art, but lack all artistic ability. Art History was a really fun major, and I enjoyed my classes tremendously. We’d scrutinize paintings, paying attention to style, technique, and symbolism, and listen to stories our…

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Interview with Georgina Cross, author of THE STEPDAUGHTER

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

How fun to be doing this week’s interview with Georgina Cross, whose debut novel, THE STEPDAUGHTER, has received rave reviews and has been compared to THE MOTHER-IN-LAW and BIG LITTLE LIES. Below, Georgina shares more about her journey to publication, the experience of losing her best friend, and the importance of modeling grit and perseverance for one’s kiddos. Enjoy!   ABOUT GEORGINA After graduating from Louisiana State University, Georgina enjoyed…

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Ignoring the Masters

Today’s topic is about the books and authors that have inspired me to write. But the authors I most admire never inspire me to write. Mostly they inspire me to keep turning the pages of their wondrous, luminous books. And then, when I dive back into my own work, I’m paralyzed by waves of shame and insecurity as I know I’ll never produce anything so perfect. Writing is hard! There’s…

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
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The Jackhammer in the Basement: On writing (or not writing) through distractions

Thursday, October 29, 2020

“It’s a black fly in your chardonnay. It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late.” Alanis Morissette was kind enough to give us many definitions of irony in 1995, and to those I would like to add, “It’s a jackhammer in your basement when you’re trying to write a blog post about writing through distractions.” We’re getting our house earthquake-retrofitted — a project that was initially supposed to take…

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