Category Archives: Writing

Author Interview: Polly Dugan on Her Debut Linked Short Story Collection, So Much a Part of You

Polly Dugan’s stunning debut collection of linked short stories, So Much a Part of You, is being released by Little, Brown (an imprint of Hachette) this week. Ten stories feature the intertwining lives of three characters, Anna, Anne, and Peter Herring, who … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Author Interview: Lindsay Hill Discusses His Debut Novel, Sea of Hooks, Named a Best Book of 2013 by Publishers Weekly

Lindsay Hill’s exquisite debut novel, Sea of Hooks, has become an unexpected phenomenon, hitting the Best of 2013 lists compiled by Publishers Weekly, New York magazine, and the Oregonian. Although Sea of Hooks was just published in November by McPherson … Continue reading

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Free Books… and Hear Me, Caffeinated

Dan Berne’s The Gods of Second Chances, my small press’ next novel release, is coming out March 1, and I have a few giveaway copies to share. Contact me if you want one, and specify paperback or ebook. Here’s the description: … Continue reading

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