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 Crossroad: A Short StoryCrossroad: A Short Story

Crossroad: A Short Story Even the windows shook when the lightning burst overhead. Our front room lit like a Polaroid time and again as light flashed through blinds I hadn’t closed. Rain, endless, came in a deluge. I looked up from the armchair again. My worrying at the clock wouldn’t get Dad home any sooner, […]


Revisiting Paris: The Story Behind Hemingway’s Unpublished “A Room on the Garden Side”

Revisiting Paris: The Story Behind Hemingway’s Unpublished “A Room on the Garden Side” Fans of Ernest Hemingway well know the importance of Paris to his work. Arriving in the “City of Light” in late 1921 along with his new bride, Hadley Richardson, the aspiring writer immersed himself in the Left Bank’s expatriate community of artists […]


Ten Novels to Keep You Up At NightTen 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 […]


10 SURPRISING FACTS ABOUT AL CAPONE AND ELIOT NESS10 Surprising Facts About Al Capone and Eliot Ness

10 Surprising Facts About Al Capone and Eliot Ness   AL CAPONE AND ELIOT NESS LIVED ON THE SAME STREET   In 1923, Capone purchased a humble two-flat for his family on Chicago’s South Side at 7244 South Prairie Avenue. Five miles down the road, Eliot Ness—then a twenty-year-old student at the University of Chicago—lived […]


Sara Gran InterviewedSara Gran Interviewed

Sara Gran Interviewed Q: A quote from one of Claire’s favorite books reads “Detectives aren’t made, they’re born; a detective only needs to somehow be shown his true nature.” In The Infinite Blacktop, you go back to Claire’s childhood, her troubled home life, and the detective stories that brought her and her friends together. With […]


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 […]


Ivy Pochoda and Sheena Kamal win Strand Critics Awards for Best Novel and Best Debut Novel, and J.A. Jance and Jonathan Gash are awarded lifetime Achievement Awards and the first Publisher of the Year Award goes to Tom Doherty…Ivy Pochoda and Sheena Kamal win Strand Critics Awards for Best Novel and Best Debut Novel, and J.A. Jance and Jonathan Gash are awarded lifetime Achievement Awards and the first Publisher of the Year Award goes to Tom Doherty…

Ivy Pochoda and Sheena Kamal win Strand Critics Awards for Best Novel and Best Debut Novel, and J.A. Jance and Jonathan Gash are awarded lifetime Achievement Awards and the first Publisher of the Year Award goes to Tom Doherty… On Wednesday, July 11, at an invitation-only cocktail party in Manhattan, Ivy Pochoda won the Strand […]


Ten emotions I ALWAYS go through whilst writing a first draft (and you will too)Ten Emotions I ALWAYS Experience whilst Writing a First Draft (and You will Too)

Ten Emotions I ALWAYS Experience whilst Writing a First Draft (and You will Too) by Louise Genson   Amazement – It’s 3am and I startle awake. I’ve thought of the singularly best idea ever! I don’t know why no-one’s written it before. It’s original and clever and I know readers will love it as much […]


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 […]


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