Top Ten Songs for Heist

Songs to Steal By

Songs to Steal By There is no shortage of songs about New York, from the classic to the cheesy to the tourist board approved, but this is a different New York, half myth and half grit, of crowded streets, deserted alleys, strip clubs, underground gambling joints, after hours bars and restaurants where English is spoken […]

Ten Novels to Keep You Up At Night

Ten Novels to Keep You Up At Night by Amy Stuart

Ten Novels to Keep You Up At Night Ten Novels to Keep you Up at Night Picture it:  I’m in my room at night, my pillows propped, my bedside lamp oriented so its light hits the book in my hands. I’m so immersed in the story that nothing beyond it moves or exists. My eyes […]

There’s Something About Harry: A Look into Jim Butcher’s Character Harry Dresden

There’s Something About Harry Jim Butcher talks about the evolution of his character Harry Dresden           New York Times best-selling novelist Jim Butcher hates telling people no. That’s why he’s written a dozen different short stories for a dozen different anthologies featuring his famous creation Harry Dresden, the protagonist of The Dresden […]

Collaborating on Novels: A Bed of Roses or Forest of Thorns?

Collaborating on Novels: A Bed of Roses or Forest of Thorns?

Collaborating on Novels: A Bed of Roses or Forest of Thorns? It started as an experiment. When we met, we were both journalists and got used to sharing and discussing what we were reading and what we were writing. We started to have conversations about the idea of writing together. It was all very speculative. […]

The Top 5 Books with Sisters in the Title

The Top 5 Books with Sisters in the Title The relationship between siblings is a unique one. It’s also one I have no personal experience with, being a proud only child. (And by the way, it’s not true that we’re weird, spoiled, or lonely!) Of course, not having firsthand knowledge of something only makes one […]

A Stranger Comes to Town & Other Newly Iconic Plots

“A Stranger Comes to Town” & Other Newly Iconic Plots

A Stranger Comes to Town & Other Newly Iconic Plots Depending on the source, there are as few as three or as many as thirty-six plots. (Foster-Harris’s trio includes “happy ending,” “unhappy ending,” and “super unhappy ending” AKA “tragedy,” while George Polti’s more nuanced selections range from “daring enterprise” to “slaying of unrecognized kin.”) Seven […]

Writers Do Have Some Pretty Suspicious Internet Search Histories...

Writers Do Have Some Pretty Suspicious Internet Search History…

Writers Do Have Some Pretty Suspicious Internet Search History…   My internet search history has to have me on someone’s suspicious-people-to-watch list somewhere. As an author of a YA thriller, I’ve had to research some pretty unusual things. Sometimes they tend to be a little dark; hence, my concern about what the internet watchdogs think […]