My lifelong obsession with books

1Dec, 2019

The Enduring Appeal of WWII Fiction

Guest blog by Barbara Ridley I was raised in England in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. The war was so recent it didn’t feel like history. Bombed out buildings still littered the streets and we had rationing for some items through the mid-fifties. People of my parents’ [...]

15Nov, 2019

The Story Behind the Story

Guest blog by Eileen Harrison Sanchez Nearly seven years ago I began to seriously write a novel. It started as a writing critique on an ordinary Monday morning. The multi-genre group had copies of my eight-page attempt at memoir. My essay told the story of the 1969 November day I [...]

1Nov, 2019

Women Who Go Their Own Way

Guest blog by Rifka Kreiter  I closed the book with a contented sigh just as the sun peeked through my bedroom window one summer morning in 1961. I’d been reading all night. Published in 1959, Mary Astor: My Story was one of the first confessional autobiographies to come out of Hollywood, by [...]

15Oct, 2019

Getting Real

A reader recently wrote a review of my novel, Better Than This, and described that it was painful to read, but not in a bad way. Rather, it was a book that explored a difficult topic, but ultimately left the reader feeling hopeful and empowered. As a psychotherapist, I think [...]

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 [...]

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