“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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“Editor Interviews” with Julia Rios

March 6, 2015

Julia Rios is one busy woman! She hosts the Outer Alliance Podcast (celebrating QUILTBAG speculative fiction), is one of the three fiction editors at Strange Horizons, and is the co-editor of Kaleidoscope, an anthology of diverse contemporary YA fantasy stories. And she writes—a lot! Her fiction, articles, interviews, and poetry have appeared in Daily Science […]

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Scott D. Southard on writing Permanent Spring Showers

February 15, 2015

I had interviewed Scott D. Southard on my One on One blog last year, when he talked about writing A Jane Austen Daydream and on writing in general. So when he contacted me about his latest book, Permanent Spring Showers, I invited him to share his interesting story of how Permanent Spring Showers came to be. […]

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“Editor Interviews” with William R. Soldan

February 1, 2015

Sometimes a connection for one event leads to other opportunities, and that is the case with today’s interviewee, William R. Soldan. William joined me and other writers and authors for the “Celebrate Short Fiction” Day event this past December, and after reading his bio, I felt that his experience as editor for Jenny made him […]

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“Editor Interviews” with Alyce Wilson

January 15, 2015

I connected with Alyce Wilson when I submitted one of my short stories, “When Ann calls,” to her literary magazine Wild Violet. I had the good fortunate to have it accepted, and even better, to have Alyce agree to be part of “Editor Interviews” here at Focus on Fiction. A published poet and columnist in […]

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Welcome to “Focus on Fiction”!

January 3, 2015

A new year—and the perfect time to introduce the new name for this blog! When I started this blog back in 2010, I called it “Finding Fran” after the novel I had just finished. My plan had been to use it as a way to promote the work as well as a venue for writing […]

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“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with Lee L. Krecklow

January 2, 2015

Sometimes writers start out in other fields or pursuing other careers only to learn that their heart belongs to fiction. That’s the case with Wisconsin writer Lee L. Krecklow. Interested in film, Lee attended UW Milwaukee, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with focuses in Film Studies, Journalism and English. But after making a few […]

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