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January 10, 2017

A few weeks ago, we shared a Facebook challenge: summarize your favorite book in exactly six words. A friend had posted it earlier, and the results were entertaining. It turns out our Facebook fans are just as enthusiastic, if not more so, than our friend's friends! In case you missed it,... Read More

January 3, 2017

In a way, Janet McLaughlin’s love of literature has come full circle. That love was born as soon as she could read and nurtured by a wise teacher. Now, after years of work, she’s a published author whose books have found their way into the hearts of many reluctant or struggling young... Read More

December 28, 2016

As the year comes to a close, we’re revisiting our author interviews and finding some common themes among these writers’ successes.  We’re not claiming that any of this is revolutionary, but it bears repeating — and could just as well apply to other areas of your life beyond writing.  * Don’t fear... Read More

December 7, 2016

Stacy Bennett’s advice to her fellow authors on hiring outside help included the comment that even if your contractor isn’t a good fit, it’s never truly a “mistake” — you’ll learn something from it. You can see that same attitude in play with her decision to pursue writing, as it turns... Read More

November 16, 2016

Sure, hindsight is 20/20, but it’s not at all surprising that S.M. Boyce has made a career out of writing. She wrote her first story at age five, had the ideas for her career-making series come to her at age sixteen, studied creative writing in college, and published her first book... Read More

November 9, 2016

Sometimes our author Q&As simply write themselves — and today’s feature is one of those cases. Lennox Randon had “write a novel” on his bucket list, and there was actual urgency to it: He’d been diagnosed with a gastrointestinal stromal tumor. So he decided to make the most of the situation, recruiting... Read More

November 2, 2016

Is author A.D. Trosper actually married to Toni Morrison? OK, yes, that was a clickbait introduction, but the story of how Trosper decided to start writing novels reminded us a lot of a Morrison quote: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then... Read More

October 26, 2016

Historian and novelist C. Wayne Dawson seems to have a knack for finding the silver lining. Great Recession hitting your household? No worries — devote yourself to writing instead. Historical facts hard to obtain or understand? Oh well, it’s a real-life treasure hunt! The professor-turned-author told us recently about the work that has... Read More

October 21, 2016

Sci-fi author JN Chaney can, in a sense, credit his thriving writing career to goofing off in math class. To be clear, it was his friend goofing off, not him, but it was Chaney who caught the writing bug, earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in creative writing, then continuing to... Read More

October 18, 2016

Marketing isn’t cheap, and it can be hard to set yourself apart from the crowd even if you’ve got deep pockets. Yet Ebony McKenna found a way to resolve both of those dilemmas: Appear on a game show. Right before the fourth and final installment of her Ondine series came out, she... Read More

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