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Q&A with Emily Giffin

Q&A with Emily Giffin

Emily Giffin needs no introduction for us. We are clamoring for and squealing over her newest title FIRST COMES LOVE.  She published seven books before that, all of them New York Times bestsellers. Who bought these books? We did. We know Emily Giffin. We love Emily Giffin. So I’ll make this quick. (Even told quickly, […]

June 27, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
From Poem to Love Story

From Poem to Love Story

Whenever I think of the protagonist in my historical novel, Ella Durant, I imagine her brother in a fit of rage in 1903, burning all of her letters, family photos, and any memorabilia having her imprint. It had to be, because there is scant primary material about Ella Durant except for a handful of correspondence […]

June 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Pseudonyms: To Use Or Not To Use

Pseudonyms: To Use Or Not To Use

I suppose I should start off by admitting that Elysee Orchidkiller is not my real name. I can hear you groan with disappointment and I completely agree with you. It is such a shame that my parents didn’t think up such fetching names! Why did I choose to publish under a pseudonym? I imagine my […]

June 20, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Isn’t it Romantic? The Enduring Popularity of Literature’s Most Successful Genre

Isn’t it Romantic? The Enduring Popularity of Literature’s Most Successful Genre

I didn’t set out to write romance. Not intentionally, anyway. I started writing because I was in love with words, not because I was in love with love. Growing up as an only child, books were my closest friends. I was a voracious reader, and my taste ran the gamut. Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Laura […]

June 18, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Taking Risks with Co-Writing Diversity

Taking Risks with Co-Writing Diversity

My two most ‘risky’ cultural projects have been co-writing ‘f2m: the boy within’, the first Young Adult novel about transitioning gender co-written by an ftm, and ‘Hijabi Girl’ a fun, junior chapter book which had 41 rejections from traditional publishers before I self -published. I’m not trans and I’m not Muslim. But I do take […]

June 15, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More
From Sculpture To Writing

From Sculpture To Writing

Being born into a family of special effects wizards in Hollywood, I knew early on that I would follow in their footsteps as a creative person. I lived and breathed visual art. After art school, I got a studio on Los Angeles Skid Row where I also taught art to homeless men and women and […]

June 11, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Diversity in Publishing

Diversity in Publishing

Just over two years ago, I went on a hunt around my house for our dusty old laptop. I rarely used computers or laptops outside of the office, hence it took me a couple of hours to dig out, and I eventually found it buried under heaps of odds and sods in the spare room. […]

June 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
Library Guilt

Library Guilt

Like almost every other writer I know, I love to read. A good book recommendation from a good friend is better than chocolate (at least for me).  And I can become quite annoying talking about said book to anyone willing to listen. I love holding books in my hands. I love sitting on the sofa […]

June 4, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Uncovering Family Secrets

Uncovering Family Secrets

Survivor guilt is a force that endures, whether within the context of the tragic wars of yesterday and today, or the ongoing trauma experienced by families. As a second generation American, whose relatives immigrated from Eastern Europe before WWII, it would take decades to uncover the details of their intricate pasts─ the dark secrets they […]

June 2, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
The Power of Nancy Drew

The Power of Nancy Drew

Literature adds to reality; it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. —C S Lewis Growing up in Sherwood Park, a sleepy enclave in Yonkers where nothing exciting ever happened, I was […]

May 27, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More