“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with Christopher Scotti and Angela Palazzolo

December 11, 2015

This is a first for my Short Takes interview series, since it features two interviewees, both of whom collaborated in writing, producing and acting in the one-act play, Margie.

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“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with Dan Wright

December 3, 2015

Brit writer Dan Wright and I connected when he interviewed me on his blog following the release of my short fiction collection, TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER AND OTHER STORIES. And since I love to have an international flavor to my blog, I returned the favor and invited Dan to be my interviewee on Focus on […]

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Drafting your writer’s bio

October 27, 2015

“Oh, by the way, we need your bio, too.” For many writers, composing a halfway decent, creative, succinct bio is right up there with doing a resume. You know you have to do it, at some level you are even thinking it’s cool that the magazine/event coordinator/publisher wants your bio but then fear strikes. What […]

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Not Just Selling Books But Sharing Stories

September 14, 2015

Sometimes book-signings aren’t so much about selling books but about the interactions you have with writers and readers. Case in point: this past weekend one of the book events I had was at The Book Store and Handmade Marketplace in Berea, OH. While I did sell copies of both books, THE GIFTS OF CHANGE and TRAVELING […]

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One-Year Book Anniversary Coming Up—But What’s Next?

August 28, 2015

Here’s the thing—as exciting as it is to have a book published, and as busy as you are promoting it, you always have to be looking past that book to the next one. And the next one. And the next one.

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Getting Ready To Celebrate My Book’s One-Year Anniversary

August 18, 2015

Next month, my short fiction collection, TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER AND OTHER STORIES, will celebrate its one-year anniversary. So I thought it only fitting to spend a few minutes reviewing the highlights of the past year, and extending a heartfelt thank-you to all the readers, reviewers, bookstores and libraries that have given my “baby” such […]

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“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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