When my book came out in May, one of the questions people asked me was how long I took to write it. The answer—18 years—was sometimes hard for them to believe. It’s not hard for me, though, as I have living proof. When I first began The Button Collector, I was pregnant with my son. Now he is a six-foot-four young man. In other words, it took as long for my book to grow up as it did my human child. To clarify, I wasn’t writing non-stop for eighteen years. Mine was always...Read More »
WRITERS’ GUEST POST #82 They’re all going to die! Eliza Green’s dystopian future filled with secrets and lies.
Enter the competition for a free copy of Becoming Human & Altered Reality here! Eliza Green hails from Dublin, Ireland. While she has a marketing degree and has worked in many industries from fashion, to sport to finance, she fell in love with writing when she discovered it only a few years ago. Did that title get your attention? Well, it’s the premise of the opening chapter in Becoming Human, Book 1 in the Exilon 5 Trilogy. Earth is becoming uninhabitable and there’s...Read More »
I spend my retirement years maintaining a shelter for children, victims of the migration chaos and drug wars that plaque the Mexican-American border. A steady stream of orphaned, abandoned and abused children soon began to consume all my energy. I realized that I needed some sort of break in order to protect my own focus and sanity. My plan was simply to take a short holiday in New Orleans. It was there that I discovered Delphine Lalaurie. I began writing a book in hope...Read More »
Writing historical fiction is fun, but the need for historical accuracy can impose artificial restrictions on the narrative flow. In the same way that world-building provides a blank canvas for fantasy writers, allowing them to escape the restrictions of real life and stretch their imaginations, alternative history provides wriggle room for the historical fiction writer. What is required here is to pose ‘what if’ questions and see what the imagination comes up with. Robert...Read More »
Colleen McCarty’s new book, Mounting The Whale, explores the idea of letting your past rule you. Something that really intrigues me as a writer is this idea that once we’ve made a bad decision in our lives, we are suddenly bad people. Good and bad are subjective, of course, but let’s say you’ve been a sub-par parent. You don’t show up for games, you stay late at work, and when your child needs you—you aren’t there. This idea that because we’ve made these choices every...Read More »
I’ve always loved reading. Starting with comics as a young child (and rediscovering them as an adult), reading has been a constant source of enjoyment. I‘ve a pretty broad range that I enjoy; everything from science fiction to fantasy to literary to biography and quite a bit of current affairs and history. But the genre (predictably) that has always appealed to me most is the thriller. Whether they’re procedural, mystery or action, a good thriller offers an escape from...Read More »