Notes from the Writing Trenches: Revising My First Novel

By Anna Brady Marcus As a first time novelist, for years and years my main goal was to get to the end of my first draft. When I wrote the last sentence on page 420 of my novel "After Alice" (working title), I felt euphoric. I bragged about it on Facebook, and slapped myself on … Continue reading Notes from the Writing Trenches: Revising My First Novel

Are ‘Bad Women’ Characters Really the Author? Interview with Laura Sims

By Julie Chibbaro I was fortunate to share the stage with author and librarian Laura Sims at a local reading event (check out the ongoing Spring Street series), and I happened to fall in love with Laura for this reason: She seemed really humble and genuine, despite the content of her fantastically successful recent novel Looker. … Continue reading Are ‘Bad Women’ Characters Really the Author? Interview with Laura Sims

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