First Impressions

by Linda Pratt So, what makes a good opening line? I work in children’s books, and here are a few of my favorites: “Trouble cruised into Tupelo Landing at exactly seven minutes past noon on Wednesday, the third of June, flashing a gold badge and driving a Chevy Impala the color of dirt.” --Three Times … Continue reading First Impressions

The Long and Short of It

by Kristen Holt-Browning Sometimes, I just want to sink into a thick, wide-ranging novel. Getting lost in a world completely unlike my own, or sliding deep into the consciousness of a character—my earliest reading memories are of experiences like this, whether I was reading Black Beauty or Little Women. Over the last several years, I’ve … Continue reading The Long and Short of It

Don’t Do the Hustle: an Interview with Author Belinda McKeon

by Julie Chibbaro In a society where the dollar is everything, and our very existence depends on money, it’s often difficult for writers to find the time and resources to reach down deep to discover what we really want to say. This is a fact that I’ve been struggling with as an author, and it’s … Continue reading Don’t Do the Hustle: an Interview with Author Belinda McKeon

Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

by Kristen Holt-Browning  In a recent interview, the author Roxane Gay said something that jumped out at me: “I read everything. The number one thing I tell my students is read diversely. And I’m not talking about demographics, though that’s part of it. Aesthetic diversity, genre diversity. It matters because it just makes us better … Continue reading Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

Misfires, Stalls, and Mistakes: Interview with Anthony Tognazzini

by Julie Chibbaro My interview this week is with an author, Anthony Tognazzini, whom we can all thank for giving me the idea to start our Get Lit Beacon salon. Back in the 1990s, when I moved to Prague with the idea of becoming a writer, he was the leader of a literary salon called … Continue reading Misfires, Stalls, and Mistakes: Interview with Anthony Tognazzini