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Q&A with Kate Brandes

Q&A with Kate Brandes

Kate Brandes is the debut author of THE PROMISE OF PIERSON ORCHARD (Wyatt-MacKenzie, 2017) and a member of and contributor to WWWB. There is no better feeling than when one of our own makes it. We are so proud of and happy for you, Kate! About her – “I grew up all over the east […]

April 22, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Radio Daze: How Working In Broadcasting Influences My Fiction

Radio Daze: How Working In Broadcasting Influences My Fiction

“Let the listener invent their own dragon.” I can’t remember who uttered this line, but it has stayed in my mind since last century, when I took a BBC News Skills training course in London. The nervy young broadcast journalists renamed it News Kills. Until a man in tweed came to our stuffy classroom to […]

April 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
So You Want to Be a Detective

So You Want to Be a Detective

We writers are many things. Sometimes, our subjects make us into even more. When writing and promoting The Magician’s Lie, which features a stage magician as its main character, I did a lot of thinking about the similarities between illusionists and novelists. And to write my new book Girl in Disguise, inspired by the life […]

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Litsy: Connect to Readers, As a Reader

Litsy: Connect to Readers, As a Reader

Last year, I doubled the number of books that I usually read. From the time I made one simple change to the end of the year, I read an average of eleven books a month. That simple change: I joined Litsy. Litsy is a social media platform for readers. Users (sometimes called Littens) post blurbs […]

April 16, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Believe It, She’s Tried

Believe It, She’s Tried

In 1995, I probably could have published my first novel, Landings. But I didn’t. For the next ten years I wrote almost nothing. Telling this story means explaining the cluster of years that diverted me, those three years when I lost a marriage, a literary agent, and a job. The job wasn’t such a big […]

April 14, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Losing Room #2

Losing Room #2

From the time Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Residency showed up in my Google search for writing residencies, I knew we were meant to go the distance. I applied in the summer of 2009, and a few weeks later, I got an acceptance note from the director at the residency: Justen Ahren. I used to be a […]

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Winning The Waiting Game

Winning The Waiting Game

One thing I never expected when I embarked upon my writing journey was how much time I would spend waiting. Waiting for word on literary submissions; for agents’ responses to queries; for editors’ feedback on manuscripts; for magnificent covers to announce my novels to the world; for reviews to catapult said novels to the top […]

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One Life Changing Invitation

One Life Changing Invitation

With one invitation, my life was changed in the most miraculous of ways. I can barely remember my life before Samantha Stroh Bailey, Josie Brown, Eileen Goudge, Francine LaSala, Jen Tucker, and Julie Valerie became a part of it. We were brought together as a group in May, 2013 during the annual Book Expo America […]

April 6, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Real Writers Write in Coffee Shops

Real Writers Write in Coffee Shops

Natalie Goldberg states in her book, Writing Down the Bones, that it is essential for a writer to have a relationship with a coffee shop. The picture of the writer sitting in a coffee shop penning the next bestseller is ubiquitous. In fact, sitting here in a coffee shop, I can see at least two […]

April 5, 2017 | By | 4 Replies More
The Unexpected Twist, and Other Delights, of Writing Mystery

The Unexpected Twist, and Other Delights, of Writing Mystery

Writing mystery, I find, is nearly as suspenseful as reading it, though I obviously know who the killer is way before the reader.  Some mystery authors, however, have confessed to being as surprised by who comes forward as the killer as the reader eventually is! Personally, I can’t abide that level of anguish, so I plot […]

April 5, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More