“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with Don Calderwood

August 1, 2015

Don Calderwood and I met years ago and then, both of us busy with our writing careers, we lost touch. So it was with great pleasure that I received an email from him, announcing the publication of his book of short stories, Life, and How It Gets That Way—partly because I like to support anyone […]

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“Editor Interview” with Michael Griffith

July 28, 2015

The Cincinnati Review has been around since 2003, giving writers the opportunity to showcase their best work. And at CR, Michael Griffith has the task of seeking out those prose pieces that fit the publication’s high standards. What makes him a good judge of writing? Let’s start with his background and credits, beginning with fellowships […]

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“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with Andrew Scott

June 30, 2015

When I read Andrew Scott’s bio, my first thought was “When does this man have time for a life?” followed immediately by “What can I, as a fiction writer, learn from him?” And there’s no question about it: he is busy, with dual roles as a writer (fiction and non-fiction) and editor of 24 Bar […]

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“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with Christopher Barzak

June 6, 2015

One of the most rewarding aspects of interviewing authors is simply making the connection with those who may be in a different time zone (or even hemisphere!) but still share the same passion for fiction. In this case, however, I didn’t have to look much further than right in my hometown, where short story writer […]

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“Editor Interviews” with Patricia Flaherty Pagan

May 23, 2015

It’s a testament to power of words when a small press uses its existence to not only promote writers but also to support the needs of society. That’s the case with Texas-based Spider Road Press, an indie press that publishes and promotes fiction by and about strong women, believing that (as the site posts) “all […]

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“Editor Interviews” with Michael Damian Thomas

May 1, 2015

Michael Damian Thomas is a man of multiple roles. He’s co-publisher and co-editor-in-chief of Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy with his wife Lynne M. Thomas, and an award-winning editor of several books. An active volunteer in SF/F fandom, Michael is also an essayist and writer of dark fantasy stories.

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“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with Katherine Heiny

April 15, 2015

When you read the reviews for Single, Carefree, Mellow, it’s clear that Katherine Heiny has a magical way with fiction. But unlike a lot of writers (myself included!) who wax eloquent about their background, book reviews and publishing credits, she’s pretty succinct.

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“Editor Interviews” with Liz Prato

April 1, 2015

Liz Prato plays on both sides of the writing sandbox. Not only is she a writer with short story and essay credits from over two dozen magazines (not to mention a short story collection, Baby’s On Fire, forthcoming from Press 53 in May 2015!), she has also served as Guest Prose Editor for the Summer […]

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Bonus benefits of booksigning events

March 27, 2015

Debating whether to do in-person events or just stick with virtual tours? Sure, I know all the drawbacks, having done a lot of events when my first book, THE GIFTS OF CHANGE, came out. And now it’s even more complicated, since I have to arrange a companion for my father who lives with me if […]

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Waiting for the shoe to drop—Creating suspense in your story

March 21, 2015

There is nothing worse than writing a boring story. You can have a few grammatical errors, mix up your syntax or have one too many clichés, but as long as you can capture and keep your readers’ attention by making them wonder what’s coming next, all can be forgiven. I like to call that “waiting […]

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