Category: books

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valletta78, by Erin Fitzgerald

Last week, I read Erin Fitzgerald‘s excellent new book, valletta78. It is a book filled with humor and sadness. It is also a book that made me think and consider my own life. When I started working as a content producer for an onilne portal in 1997, I didn’t understand the people who hung out in our chatrooms and on our discussion boards. What … Read More valletta78, by Erin Fitzgerald

‘Tenderness, fragility, an understanding beyond her years’ – Myfanwy Collins

Originally posted on My Memories of a Future Life:
My guest this week has just one musician in her book-s arsenal – a singer who  perfectly, wholly, uncannily embodied the character she was searching for. The story is a young adult novel – a new departure for the writer, who has had other works published in the adult market and in literary magazines. Anyway,…

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Do You Know Who I Am: On Writing and Identity

I had a job interview once for a job I sort of wanted. It was going to be a long commute and we needed the money. I interviewed with some peers and potential boss and then one of the founders of the company was going to meet with me. He walked into the room and the first thing he said to me was, “Do … Read More Do You Know Who I Am: On Writing and Identity

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the bluff

This picture is of the bluff where Laney lived with her grandmother. Of course, the one in the book is made up but this is the one I based it upon. This bluff exists in the lake where I grew, a place where I felt most free and also most trapped. As a child, I lived in the woods, the water, the mountains. As … Read More the bluff

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pub day: today is my butter

Last weekend, I made a double batch of zucchini bread because we have a busy week ahead. My son is in his second play and has seven performances between tomorrow and Sunday. I wanted him to be able to have something homemade in his snack and lunch so that even though he was busy, he would know he was loved and that I was … Read More pub day: today is my butter

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bloom

I was going for some beautiful lilies. They were already open and their colors were intense–red and yellow and orange. A woman stopped me. “Those are already spent,” she said. “Go for these unopened ones.” She was right, of course. I said thanks and followed her suggestion. I was disappointed, though. I wanted those colorful beauties and not the green buds. What if their … Read More bloom

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arrival, gratitude

I started writing this book five years ago, in the winter. I started writing it after a long, dry spell of not writing much. I started writing it during the times when my then-toddler napped. I remember I would get him down to sleep and then bring my laptop into my room and sit on the lumpy chair and force myself to write 500, … Read More arrival, gratitude

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I Wrote This Book Because…

I wrote this book because we live in a sometimes horrible and often beautiful world. I wrote this book because I did not want you to feel so alone. I wrote this book because four boys in the town where I used to live used their collective rage, boredom, and feelings of worthlessness to turn the lives of another family into the thing of … Read More I Wrote This Book Because…

The Good Luck of Right Now, by Matthew Quick

As I read The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick I couldn’t help but think about how part of the message behind the book relates to how I met a dear friend of mine.We met because I stumbled across a wonderful essay he had written. I loved the essay and chose to write about it on my blog. The writer then found my post … Read More The Good Luck of Right Now, by Matthew Quick

My Writing Process — Blog Tour

Thank you to one of the Engine Books family, the lovely and talented, Courtney Elizabeth Mauk, for inviting me to take part in the Writing Process Blog Tour. Here’s how it works. I was given some questions to answer (see below) and I was asked to nominate a few other writers so that they might answer the same questions a week after I post. Here we go… 1) … Read More My Writing Process — Blog Tour

THE BOOK OF LANEY — Now Available for Pre-Order!

NOW available for preorder from Lacewing Books. Here and now I am in this place far away from my home. Here, with the cold wind blowing down from the north and the stars piercing through the cloudless sky. Here I am.But my story does not start here.My story starts months ago and hundreds of miles south of where I am now. My story starts in the place … Read More THE BOOK OF LANEY — Now Available for Pre-Order!

The Virgins, by Pamela Erens

Pamela Erens‘ smashing second novel, THE VIRGINS, is a novel destined to be a classic, mostly because it is so expertly written and expresses such truths, but also because it pulls from many classics all the while inverting them, offering readers a fresh view of that which we thought we knew. In many ways, the novel’s narrator Bruce Bennett-Jones is Nick Carraway to Seung … Read More The Virgins, by Pamela Erens

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