My lifelong obsession with books

1Oct, 2019

Girls Just Want To Learn

Guest blog by Juliet Cutler When Grace was a child, she would cast shy sideways smiles at me covering her mouth, slouching her shoulders, and looking away. When she spoke at all, I would have to lean in to hear her. Now, in her adolescence, there’s a steadiness about Grace—a [...]

15Sep, 2019

Social Change Through Memoir

Guest blog by Elizabeth Anne Wood The very act of sharing our experiences with one another has the power to transform lives. Sharing stories gives listeners/readers the comfort that they are not alone and offers them new information or perspectives with which to approach their own challenges. Sharing stories spreads [...]

1Sep, 2019

Fantasy or SciFi?

Guest Blog by Cheryl Campbell When people learn I am a writer, their first question is usually: “What do you write?” My answer: “Science fiction and fantasy novels.” The next question is: “What’s the difference?” The answer lies in genre conventions. A romance novel will have a love story. If [...]

15Aug, 2019

Her Word Against His

Examining Sexual Assault in YA Novels Guest blog by Heather Cumiskey Remember the cringeworthy scene in the movie Sixteen Candles when Caroline, the ever-popular high school senior, wakes up after a night of drinking to discover that while passed out, she’s had sex with Ted, the freshman geek and former [...]

1Aug, 2019

Divorce Drama

Guest blog by Maren Cooper When this post is published, I’ll be just two months out from my pub date for A Better Next, my debut novel. Writing is the fourth or fifth chapter in my own life’s book, and is an adventure I didn’t anticipate. One of the themes [...]

15Jul, 2019

The Truth of Perfection

Guest blog by Deborah Burns My other-worldly beautiful mother seemed perfect. A chiseled work of art, she evoked the eternal female ideal, standing tall as a distant goddess on a pedestal that only-child me devotedly danced around. Paying homage and idealizing her in all ways was my default. How could [...]

1Jul, 2019

How We Form Families

Guest Blog by Barbara Stark-Nemon Nearly a year ago, my nephew and his husband welcomed their first child into the world.  Five years after legally marrying, they established their careers, bought a home, and researched a number of ways to create the family they both wanted. They chose surrogacy as [...]

15Jun, 2019

Journeys: The Inside, The Outside

Guest blog by Mary K. Jensen   The first time it happened I was not prepared. I was sitting atop a high stool, reading to a roomful of women who smiled and laughed as they enjoyed excerpts from “Rudy’s Rules for Travel,” the story of our marriage of opposites meeting [...]

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