July 12, 2021

Zoom has brought home to me that none of us is an island, and we are an international community of writers. Among my new Zoom friends of 2020, I count Canadian Suzanne Craig-Whytock, author of  Smile, The Dome. Her next novel The Seventh Devil, and short story collection Feasting Upon the Bones, are due to be published…

May 4, 2021

Matt Knight doesn’t fit any cookie-cutter idea of a writer. He’s a lawyer (not unusual among fiction writers), who uses his law knowledge to provide advice to writers via his book, The Writer’s Legal GPS: A guide for navigating the legal landscape of publishing  He’s also written this lovely article for the New York Times:…

April 20, 2021

This author first came to my attention through Chirp, the website that sells reduced price audiobooks without having to subscribe or pay any monthly fee. His Book, Mrs. Queen Takes the Train, intrigued me. (BTW, the audiobook is currently on sale on Chirp for $3.99) I thoroughly enjoyed this book about The Queen escaping for…

April 13, 2021

Linda Rosen is the author of two women’s fiction novels published within a year of each other by Black Rose Writing. So, this woman spends a lot of time at the place where she writes. Check out the photo and you’ll see that there are few distractions there.  Except for some lime-green hand weights. Something…

March 10, 2021

Internationally published poet and short fiction writer Edward Ahern has an output I have long given up trying to emulate. When he arrives at the Writers Rendezvous and I ask him what he’s done in the previous month, I know he’ll have not only written but submitted (and had accepted) a huge number of pieces….

February 26, 2021

Local author Bette Bono is writing the second in a series of novels about a group of unusual seniors with special powers that enable them to travel back in time to solve historical mysteries. I loved the first one, The Better Angels, which was published by All Things That Matter Press in 2019. I asked her where she did her writing, and what she needs to enable her to write. Here’s what she said:

I wrote my debut novel, The Better Angels, from the kitchen table. I had the house to myself during the day, so I could craft my time travel-history-adventure-mystery with few interruptions and easy access to coffee.

November 5, 2012

I’m a sucker for a good mystery. More specifically, along with most mystery lovers, I love a mystery series. And I particularly like a female detective as my chief protagonist. Maybe it’s something about the triumph of a woman who uses logic and deduction to sort out murder and mayhem that feels so good. Whatever…