Where Ideas Come From: A Lesson from O. Henry

Unlike O. Henry, most of us are not short story factories. We stare at blank screens and wonder if our writing lives are over. What if we never get another fresh idea? What if that last essay or story or … Continue reading

Book Club #1: Why We Love Precocious Child Characters

The Book Club Series is an informal chat about what we love about books, movies, and television shows. Join the discussion. I’d love to hear from you. Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, amateur detective and ardent chemist, is the precocious star … Continue reading

Instead of Banning Books . . .

As Isabel Allende‘s The House of the Spirits haunted book banners in North Carolina and drew the fire of Fox News, I waited for Jon Stewart’s Daily Show writers to come up with their usual slap down of Fox. I … Continue reading

Books and Chocolate: A Sweet Combo for Readers

One day while sending out a book to a reviewer, I made a discovery: the box I was using, which was from a great online chocolate retailer named Mantorville Farms, was a perfect fit for my book. The light bulb … Continue reading

Awesome Indies Seal of Approval

Book of Mercy has received the Awesome Indies Seal of Approval. This is like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval only much better because it’s not about the best board game or a super skillet or an incredible iron. It’s … Continue reading

Book of Mercy Finalist in Midwest Book Awards

Book of Mercy was a finalist in the 22nd Annual Midwest Book Awards, which were announced on May 9 in Bloomington, MN. Is this a big deal? I interviewed Antigone Brown, the main character in Book of Mercy, about her view of … Continue reading

Why Not Start Your Own Library?

The goal is to build more libraries than Andrew Carnegie. That’s 2,510. They don’t have to be big or built of marble or be guarded by massive stone lions. They just have to have books and people who want to … Continue reading

Get Loaded Blog Tour de Force: Get Out Your GPS

January 31, 2012: Get Loaded Blog Tour de Force has come to an end. Thank you to all who stopped by and chatted with me on this blog and by email. Please visit my blog again. Also, I’d love to … Continue reading

Fear and Loathing on the Book Tour

This book tour I am going in my pajamas. I am participating in the Get Loaded Blog Tour de Force sponsored by the Indie Book Collective this week, and I hope to get more mileage while putting on fewer miles. … Continue reading

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