A Sad State of 280 Characters

I had a harsh moment of self-awareness recently when I realized our world's sad state of addiction to Twitter-length "stories" of 280 characters had firmly entrenched its hooks in me. Since I was a little girl, I have loved to read. As an adult, with grown kids and more time on my hands, I read … Continue reading A Sad State of 280 Characters

Why I Hate “Women’s Fiction”

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Let me clarify: I don't hate Women's Fiction. In fact, my most recently published novel, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, can be classified as Women's Fiction. I hate the term "Women's Fiction". Jodi Picoult - Master of Women's Fiction or just Master of Fiction? I don't understand why we need a genre of literature called "Women's … Continue reading Why I Hate “Women’s Fiction”

The Best Character Description Ever

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I recently read The Gargoyle (Anchor Books, 2009) and am compelled to share one of author Andrew Davidson's character descriptions--one so amazing I had to re-read it right then and there, and immediately deemed it The Best Character Description Ever. Authors often struggle to find new and interesting ways to portray their characters as there … Continue reading The Best Character Description Ever

Earth Day, the Environment & Books

Happy Earth Day! I try to be optimistic about humankind's ability to turn around this climate crisis, and today's announcement out of Washington is encouraging. But let's be honest, we are in a crisis. Just ask the polar bears. Still, let's take today to celebrate the increasing global consciousness about the situation. Despite the bickering … Continue reading Earth Day, the Environment & Books

What’s In A Name? Or a Book Title?

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William Shakespeare and heavy metal musician John Corabi of Mötley Crüe inspire today's post. Yep, you read that right. One of the most often quoted passages from Shakespeare is this sentiment posed by Juliet in Romeo and Juliet: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as … Continue reading What’s In A Name? Or a Book Title?