Category Archives: Fiction

Guest Post: Steve Denniston on Mixing Comedy with Tragedy

This is the second guest post in an occasional series by authors of short stories collected in my press’ newest release, The Night, and the Rain, and the River, available at your local bookstore or online in paperback and ebook formats. … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Guest Post, small press, Writing | Tagged , , | 18 Comments

Messing It Up to Make It Good

Earlier this month I went on a writing retreat to Manzanita, a lovely little Oregon coast town. Well, it wasn’t so much a retreat as a publishing panel weekend. Which I turned into a retreat. Instead of walking on the … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Revision, Writing | Tagged , , | 17 Comments

Interview: Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on Her ‘Literary Beach Read,’ Naming Characters, and Prepping for a Book Launch

Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s third novel, Bittersweet, ushers readers into the elite world of the Winslows, a wealthy family with a sprawling, historic estate in Vermont. Protagonist Mabel Dagmar gets invited to spend the summer in one of the cottages with her … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Fiction, Finding Readers, Seven Questions, Writing | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Guest Post: Fear and Making by Trevor Dodge

I love listening to writers talk about the craft. That’s where my Seven Questions Series came from. That’s where my blog came from—and certainly the motivation behind today’s post. Our guest author, Trevor Dodge, contributed a short story, “Real World Reject,” to … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Fiction, Writing | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

Revision from the POV of a Publisher

When Paul Martone, founder of Late Night Library, asked me why, as fiction writers, we volunteer our time to help other writers, I answered. Because he was recording. This interview.  I can’t remember what I said then, because it’s been a … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, Revision, Writing | Tagged , , | 17 Comments

Author Interview: Cari Luna on New York Squats, Creating a Sense of Authenticity, and What Fits (Or Doesn’t Fit) in a Novel

Cari Luna’s debut novel, The Revolution of Every Day, delves into the 1990s New York squatting movement by peeling back the politics and exploring individual characters, their histories and personalities, their choices and mistakes, and how much they care about … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Fiction, Seven Questions | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

A Little of This, a Little of That

Back in January, I was asked to speak at Literary Arts about what winning a 2014 Oregon Literary Fellowship means to me, as publisher of Forest Avenue Press. Here’s what I said: Two years ago, I founded a small press … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Community, Fiction | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

Now Available: The Gods of Second Chances

Wow, March 1 is here. More than a year ago, when sifting through submissions for Forest Avenue Press, I found a story about a fisherman raising his granddaughter on a small Alaskan island, while struggling with the death of his … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, small press, Writing | Tagged , | 9 Comments

Interview: Suzy Vitello on Her YA Debut, Pacing, and Place

Suzy Vitello’s debut YA novel, The Moment Before, opens after art student Brady Wilson’s sister dies in a cheerleading accident. This tightly woven novel braids the after-effects of a tragedy with a smart coming-of-age story, fueled as much by Brady … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Fiction, Seven Questions, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Beautiful Wreck: A Time-Travel Viking Romance Novel

Exactly a year ago, I interviewed Larissa Brown on the Seven Questions Series about her beautiful novel-in-progress, Beautiful Wreck, a time-travel Viking romance. Soon after she finished the manuscript, she landed a publishing contract with Cooperative Press, a craft publisher growing its … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Fiction | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment