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Interview with Smadar Herzfeld and Translator Aloma Halter

Interview with Smadar Herzfeld and Translator Aloma Halter

Smadar’s Herzfeld’s novel Trail of Miracles, translated by Aloma Halter, follows Gittel, a Ukrainian, Hasidic, Jewish woman as she makes a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage and discovers the unique gifts she brings to the world.  The lyric beauty of Gittel’s voice will mesmerize readers into following her on her Trail of Miracles. Smadar, I am curious about […]

May 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
All The Best People: Interview with Sonja Yoerg

All The Best People: Interview with Sonja Yoerg

New York Times bestselling author, Chris Bohjalian, writes that Sonja Yoerg’s All the Best People contains “Not just the best people, but real people: authentic, quirky and troubled. I cared for them all.”  I couldn’t have said it better.  Yoerg immerses us in family in crisis; instead of looking away, we become invested in their […]

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Here I Am

Here I Am

Here I am. Writing for you. It may come as a surprise, but not to me. I’ve been writing for you for twenty-plus years. You just never knew until this very moment. Let me explain. After work and supper and dishes and ball practice and bath and bedtime stories, I wrote. Turning my attention from […]

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The Real (and Not Real) Arboria Park

The Real (and Not Real) Arboria Park

Arboria Park was inspired by the place I grew up and lived in until I was twelve: Rodney Village, near Dover, Delaware. That’s my house on the cover of the book. The photo was taken in 1958, soon after we moved in (when I was two months old). The real house was gray, and my […]

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Tackling Contemporary Social Issues in Fiction

Tackling Contemporary Social Issues in Fiction

  In addition to page-turning entertainment, my novels take on ripped-from-the-headlines women’s issues.  My first novel, Wolf: A Jessica James Mystery, deals with the timely issue of party rape on campus, while the second, Coyote takes on the human trafficking on Indian Reservations that comes along with hydraulic fracturing (Fracking). And the third, F.O.X. features […]

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If I’m Neuro-Typical, Can I Write About the Neuro-Diverse?

If I’m Neuro-Typical, Can I Write About the Neuro-Diverse?

In 2003, Mark Haddon made a well-deserved splash with his first novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. It’s a coming-of-age tale posing as a mystery, narrated by Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome. It was a break-through book, one that introduced people on the autism spectrum, especially the autistic savant, to […]

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A Tale of Two Trilogies

A Tale of Two Trilogies

One evening in 2009 a writing trigger was pulled in my mind; I sat in front of my computer and poured out a story of high adventure set in the present in an alternative new Rome, but with a twist. It included a hunky hero, but the story was driven by a young woman who transformed from a prickly […]

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Who Needs a Therapist When You Can Write it all Away?

Who Needs a Therapist When You Can Write it all Away?

It’s an incredible process, writing. There you are typing away and someone, seemingly out of nowhere, pops up on the page. A name, a character… becoming more realised with every tap of your finger. As a writer, you are never quite sure what or who is going to appear, a distant memory, a story someone […]

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Writing the Novel that Sells

Writing the Novel that Sells

As an author, it’s the question that keeps you awake at night. Is there a magic formula? Is there a fool-proof way to know your novel has the chops to catch an editor’s attention? Yes. I believe there is. In the next few minutes, I’m going to lay out the information that you need. With […]

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Getting Your Book Into A Bookshop

Getting Your Book Into A Bookshop

I speak as a bookshop owner. Someone who loves books. Most of us that run bookshops do, so please bear in mind that if you want us to stock your book we theoretically, will lend a receptive ear. But here are a few tips to help make the whole submission process a bit easier. Running […]

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