Jun 252014

1. Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles: My favorite fictional character has been and always will be Sherlock Holmes. I enjoy reading the adventures of Holmes, his methods, his deductions, his witty remarks. More so than that, I really liked the feel of Baskervilles. It held a sense of urgency, thrills and suspense, besides the typical [CONTINUE READING]

Jun 242014

On the night of August 8th 2008 I had my first dream in 25 years. God appeared to me in the dream and said, “I want you to pray with your patients. I will show you what is wrong with them and when you pray I will heal them.” At this point in my life I didn’t believe in [CONTINUE READING]

Jun 182014

One of the things I most enjoyed while writing and exploring the post-apocalyptic world of A Gazillion Little Bits was discovering what this society, living in the ruins of Manhattan, was eating! As it turns out, their cuisines are varied! In waterfront encampments we find fish and oysters and long, thick eels.  Gardeners on the ancient George Washington Bridge grow vegetables, and sunflowers for oil.  Tunnel dwellers gather [CONTINUE READING]

Jun 172014

It used to be that no one had heard of New Zealand, that when I was travelling and mentioned where I was from, people would vaguely mention Australia (in case you don’t know, that’s hugely insulting to New Zealanders, we have a huge chip on our shoulders about people thinking we’re part of Australia). And [CONTINUE READING]

Jun 122014

The LENS and the LOOKER – BOOK #1 - It’s the 24th century and humans, with the help of artificial intelligences (A.I.s), have finally created the perfect post-dystopian society. To make equally perfect citizens for this world, the elders have created History Camps, full sized recreations of cities from Earth’s distant pasts. Here teens live the [CONTINUE READING]

Jun 122014

Today we have Lisa See, author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy, On Gold Mountain, the Red Princess Mysteries (3 books in series) and now China Dolls. She “has always been intrigued by stories that have been lost, forgotten, or deliberately covered up, whether in the [CONTINUE READING]

Jun 092014

When I was attending the University of Minnesota, a friend of mine loaned me copies of two short story collections: “Like Life” by Lorrie Moore and “The Watch” by Rick Bass.  I think I read both books on consecutive nights.  I thought they were truly perfect – collections of small, brilliant gems – and I [CONTINUE READING]

Jun 032014

Today we have New York Times Bestselling Author Kate Moretti for an interview to talk a bit about her book Binds That Tie that released earlier this year and herself as a writer. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. In her past life she worked in the pharmaceutical industry for [CONTINUE READING]

Jun 022014

THE BOOK OF LIFE is the highly-anticipated final installment of the bestselling All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness (Viking; On-sale: July 15, 2014; $28.95). The trilogy began with A Discovery of Witches which People magazine called, “A wonderfully imaginative grown-up fantasy with all the magic of Harry Potter or Twilight”. The sequel Shadow of Night debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and the Miami Herald called it, “Enchanting, engrossing and as impossible to put down as its predecessor…a perfect blend of fantasy, history and romance.” In total, over one [CONTINUE READING]

May 302014

Greetings from the writing cave and a huge THANK YOU to Farrah for allowing me to creep out into the sunlight and take over her blog today! Whoo Hoo! I’m completely thrilled to be here! I’m actually stepping back from my current WIP to confess a much-guarded secret. Shhh…don’t tell anyone. About a year ago, [CONTINUE READING]

May 282014

1) As a young man, my hero was Philip K. Dick. It wasn’t some action hero like Indiana Jones, or some cute guy, like Shawn Cassidy, that always got the girls. It was a writer who wasn’t all that handsome, married and divorced 5 times, and was so poor at one time that he had [CONTINUE READING]

May 282014

My name is Mel Morgan and I’m a Tracker. I find people for a living. The people I help have no idea I know exactly how they feel because I’ve lost someone too. If only I could have found the one person I’ve been looking for all these years. My current case is no ordinary [CONTINUE READING]

May 272014

In the fall of 1900, Dora’s father brings her for treatment with Doctor Freud. For years, Dora has been living with debilitating pain in her legs and is losing the ability to speak, and her father, a former patient, thinks Freud is the only one who can cure her. She visits him daily, frankly telling him about her [CONTINUE READING]

May 212014

One of the worst things a writer can do is to foist boring characters upon an unsuspecting reader. No one deserves that, certainly not someone that has actually purchased your book, anyway. Do writers set out to write characters that bore someone to tears? No. Like so much else in life, they just happen. The [CONTINUE READING]