“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with Carrie Brown

August 15, 2014

When I first read Carrie Brown’s bio on her website, to say I was impressed would be putting it lightly. She’s the author of the short story collection The House on Belle Isle, whose short fiction has appeared in One Story, Glimmer Train, The Georgia Review and The Oxford American. And a novelist, with six […]

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Ten years later—what’s the same, and different, about being an author today

August 14, 2014

It’s been exactly ten years since my first book, THE GIFTS OF CHANGE, was published. Back then, I didn’t know anything about the publishing world or how to best promote a book. Oh, I knew about writing—I’d been writing professionally since the mid-eighties—first as a freelancer for newspapers, then moving on to magazines and corporate […]

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On writing fiction—inspiration from fiction writers

August 13, 2014

“Where is the story? The story is in the dark. That is why inspiration is thought of as coming in flashes. Going into a narrative…is a dark road. You can’t see your way ahead.” Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead, A Writer on Writing

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Getting ready for my foray into blog touring!

August 8, 2014

Well, I got a much later start than I planned pulling together my pre- and post-pub blog tours but so far I have several bloggers who have opened their virtual doors to me and my soon-to-be-released short fiction collection,  TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER. Being new to all this, I looked at what some other authors […]

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On writing fiction—inspiration from fiction writers

August 6, 2014

“The tension between standing apart and being fully involved: that is what makes a writer.” Nadine Gordimer, Introduction, Selected Stories

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Writing Fiction—am I escaping “to” or “from”?

August 4, 2014

The subject of today’s post (which came to me this morning as I finished my first cup of coffee) is “escape” and how the word ties to writing. To be precise, my writing. To be even more precise, my fiction writing. I was putting together what I hope will be an interesting Q&A for the […]

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On writing fiction—inspiration from fiction writers

July 30, 2014

“…I’m sure even the greatest [writers] have to pull themselves up short by the shift key to remind themselves that it is story first that they should write.

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On writing fiction—inspiration from fiction writers

July 23, 2014

“I’m sick of formula. I’m sick of Hero, Heroine, Heavy… I’m sick of Characters. I’m going to write about men and woman, all classes, types, and conditions, within the limits of my own capabilities.

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“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with David Gordon

July 14, 2014

Some (or maybe even most) novelists have a first novel kicking around in the drawer somewhere, that they are fervently hoping will never see the light of day. And then there is David Gordon, whose first novel, The Serialist, won the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and was a finalist for an Edgar Award. And […]

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On writing fiction—inspiration from fiction writers

July 12, 2014

“Writing fiction is an interior affair. Novels and stories always will be put down little by little out of personal feelings and personal beliefs arrived at alone and at firsthand over a period of time as time is needed… Fiction has, and must keep, a private address. For life is lived in a private place; […]

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