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On the Best Advice for Young Writers

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On the Best Advice for Young Writers

Photo Credit: From PublicDomainPictures.net There are so many amazing interviews with authors out there–including a ton of advice that authors have collected on their site in FAQ pages. Some of that advice is from authors who are no longer with us. I’ve collected some of that advice in these posts, and organized them by topic. It’s a quick way to see some of the great advice out there on a particular subject, but if you want even more advice and great interviews, click on the links beside each quote. Here, I’ve...

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Author Interview – Wendelin Van Draanen

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Author Interview – Wendelin Van Draanen

Photo from Wendelin’s Amazon Author Page   I remember reading my first Sammy Keyes mystery as a kid, and experiencing the sheer delight of Sammy’s antics from the very first pages. (If you’ve read the first Sammy Keyes, you’ll know exactly what moment I’m talking about.) Recently, I read the final book in that series, SAMMY KEYES AND THE KISS GOODBYE, Wendelin Van Draanen’s farewell to an iconic character. Image from http://www.wendelinvand.com/sammy-keyes.html   But Sammy Keyes is far from the...

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On What Surprised Them About Their Career Path – Writer Edition

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On What Surprised Them About Their Career Path – Writer Edition

Photo Credit: From PublicDomainPictures.net Since I often ask similar questions of people I interview, I wanted to collect some of their responses here, under the umbrella of that particular topic. That way, if you’re looking for quick advice or inspiration on a particular subject, you can browse these posts to see what a variety of very talented writers and other professionals say. Here, I’ve collected together responses to the question: What is something that surprised you about your career path? I’ve linked to each full...

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Bookstore Interview – Christine Reed of Basically Books

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Bookstore Interview – Christine Reed of Basically Books

Photo provided by Christine Reed   Bookstores are magical places: shops where you walk in and are immediately presented with thousands of portals to other worlds. But we also hear a lot about the difficulty of maintaining an independent bookstore nowadays, with quickly changing technology and ease of online ordering. Despite that, a great number of independent bookstores are thriving. I had the chance to talk to the owner of one of those bookstores, Christine Reed of Basically Books in Hilo, Hawaii, which I’m excited to feature in...

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On The Worst Advice They’ve Received About Publishing and Writing

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On The Worst Advice They’ve Received About Publishing and Writing

Photo Credit: From PublicDomainPictures.net Since I often ask similar questions of people I interview, I wanted to collect some of their responses here, under the umbrella of that particular topic. That way, if you’re looking for quick advice or inspiration on a particular subject, you can browse these posts to see what a variety of very talented writers and other professionals say. Here, I’ve collected together responses to the question: What’s the worst advice you’ve received about publishing or writing? I’ve...

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Author Interview – Danya Kukafka

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Author Interview – Danya Kukafka

Photo from https://www.danyakukafka.com   Danya Kukafka’s GIRL IN SNOW is almost a book that defies categories: it is part murder mystery, part psychological exploration, and part literary novel. It centers on the death of a beautiful young girl named Lucinda, and flips between the perspectives of three characters whose lives are connected with hers, often in dark ways. Image from https://www.danyakukafka.com   The prose in GIRL IN SNOW is probably my favorite part of the book; Danya Kukafka, who is also an assistant editor at...

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On The Best Advice They’ve Received About Publishing and Writing

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On The Best Advice They’ve Received About Publishing and Writing

Photo Credit: From PublicDomainPictures.net Since I often ask similar questions of people I interview, I wanted to collect some of their responses here, under the umbrella of that particular topic. That way, if you’re looking for quick advice or inspiration on a particular subject, you can browse these posts to see what a variety of very talented writers and other professionals say. Here, I’ve collected together responses to the question: What’s the best advice you’ve received about publishing or writing? I’ve...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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As we’ll all be busy prepping turduckens, or Tofurkens, or some mortifying combination of all of the above, I’m saving my next interview for next week. I have a lot of great bookstore owners and authors coming up, and I’m really excited to share all of their thoughts on their careers in the book business. In the meantime, I hope you are getting to spend Thanksgiving eating lots of great food, hanging out with friends and family or at least people you mildly tolerate, and enjoying a break from work and routine. And if not, I...

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Bookstore Interview – Shirley Mullin of Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore

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Bookstore Interview – Shirley Mullin of Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore

Photo provided by Shirley Mullin   Bookstores are magical places: shops where you walk in and are immediately presented with thousands of portals to other worlds. But we also hear a lot about the difficulty of maintaining an independent bookstore nowadays, with quickly changing technology and ease of online ordering. Today, I’m excited to feature an interview with Shirley Mullin, the owner of the fantastic Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore in Indianapolis, IN. Image from http://www.kidsinkbooks.com   Kids Ink...

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Author Interview – Kara Thomas

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Author Interview – Kara Thomas

Photo from https://karathomasbooks.wordpress.com   When I first read Kara Thomas’ LITTLE MONSTERS, I was blown away about how expertly the book was paced. Every chapter, it felt like important questions were answered, and even more important questions were raised. I never felt strung along, or like information was being withheld just to create more tension. And, for someone who has read a fair amount of mysteries, and is a fan of unreliable narrators, I didn’t spot how this book was going to end. Image...

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