Category Archives: Research

Author Interview: Faith Elizabeth Hough on Literary Historical Fiction, Avoiding the Info Dump and the Art of the Outline

It’s such a treat to interview Faith Elizabeth Hough today as part of the Seven Questions series. She writes literary historical fiction for children and young adults. Faith, a Connecticut resident, is the author of THE WITHERING VINE, which earned an honorable … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis: Exchanging My Writerly Stripes for Spots

In the past six months, everything I know about myself as a novelist has changed, except for my dedication to the craft. That’s the one constant. I write every day. My wake-up-as-someone-else metamorphosis has to do with plot. Now I’m … Continue reading

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Interview: Novelist Julia Stoops on Anti-War Activism and Using Research to Build a Realistic Fictional World

Julia Stoops is one of the most accomplished creative professionals I know. She has earned acclaim in numerous fields, including visual art, teaching, innovative website design and fiction writing. She recently completed her first novel, PARTS PER MILLION. Julia’s work on … Continue reading

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Reading in Progress

I’m reading four books. One is my friend Jackie Shannon Hollis’ as-yet-unpublished manuscript, At the Wheat Line. I’m savoring each scene, her lovely voice and Carly trying to make sense of her own life after her mother’s death. Hopefully I’ll … Continue reading

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Books, Glorious Books

I love reading books, but I also love owning them and re-reading them, as I’ve said before. I’m thankful, this holiday season, for those that were wrapped up and placed gently under the tree. They’ll keep me company all year. I’m … Continue reading

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A Mess, a Lovely Mess

In the short lull between finishing my small-town newspaper novel, “Body Copy,” and beginning the first draft of my new one, I discovered this essay by one of my favorite writers, Stephanie Kallos. It’s about the process of writing novel number … Continue reading

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The Joy of Powell’s

I’m a book browser, a title checker, a back-cover blurb skimmer. I’m also a sucker for staff recommendations–but only the handwritten ones with (occasionally) too many exclamation points that punctuate the shelves at independent bookstores. That being said, I’m in … Continue reading

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