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Q & A With Author Rich Leder

Hi, Rich. Why did you make the transition from screenwriting to novel writing?
After 25 years of telling stories in the strictly regimented format of screenwriting, I had the strong desire to work a deeper, wider canvas. In a script, the writer can only access the thoughts of the characters with action or dialogue. In a novel, the writer can explore the mind and heart and soul of the characters at his/her leisure—discuss the characters’ actual thoughts and feelings. Budget is a non-issue with a novel but a big concern with a movie. Sheer number of characters can be problematic in a script but not in a book (so long as the characters are meaningfully created). Number of locations, page count, and other considerations a movie must make are non-existent in the world of a novel. I wanted to experience writing without regimentation.
Describe Let There Be Linda in two words. Try Two Sentences.
I can do six words: black comic thriller of the year. And I can do five words: silly, bloody, violent…

Book Chat: Luckiest Girl Alive | Jessica Knoll

**WARNING: This is for people who have already read this book. There will be spoilers! If you do not want the book's wonderful surprises to be ruined, read my review of the book, read the book, then come back to read our chat. Thank you!**

Amber: Let's get started. What was overall impression of luckiest girl?
Renee: Ok. Yeah, definitely a dark book. But very interesting. I wasn't expecting the twist and I love when a book does that because sometimes the twist is so obvious.
Amber: I remember being annoyed with her at first since she was stuck up and living in NYC. And then I realized that she was just putting on a front
Renee: Yeah, I definitely was trying to figure out the angle at first. I remember thinking it had to be something deeper.
Amber: Yeah, and then when they talked about her rapes I thought that the big secret was out. I wasn't expecting the school shooting at all!
Renee: Right? I totally thought it was just about the rapes at first. I do remember being mad at …

Why I'm Dying to Live

This is a guest post by Vincent J. Monteleone. My four-year journey, turned five, was coming to an end. The train was getting ready to pull into the station at my stop. No more thirsty Thursdays, no more shutting off your alarm and rolling over because you’re too hungover to deal with today. I was about to enter the real world. College graduation was now just a stone’s throw away. I was officially going to become a man. I was now going to become a full-time member of the real world. The only problem was, I didn’t feel like a man. Not even a little bit. I did not feel prepared to enter the real world, whatever that means. Could this be all college had given to me? Mostly hangovers, mixed in with anxiety over calculus that I’ll never use again; what is the limit of negative infinity? In a few weeks, I was going to be considered a man to the world after I shook the dean’s hand while he handed me my diploma. Never in my entire life did I feel more like a boy. I wasn’t sure why I went to coll…

How Breast Cancer and NaNoWriMo Helped Me Write My Novel

This is a guest post by Debbie Manber Kupfer. 

At eight years old I turned into a ladybug. The story prompt in the Puffin Post said to choose a creature and write a story from its point of view. I spent days wandering around my house and garden in Barking, a working-class borough of London, peering into my dad’s magnifying shaving mirror and imagining my life as a tiny red, spotted crawling thing. Then I wrote that story and sent it off to the magazine and I waited. Two months later, I tore open the envelope that held my Puffin Post and scanned through the pages and there was my name in print – Deborah Manber. I’d got a mention for my ladybug story. You see, even back then I was fascinated with shapeshifters. My favorite Harry Potter book was always book 3, The Prisoner of Azkaban, when Rowling introduces the idea of the animagus, but I wanted more details. How did a wizard turn themselves into an animal? What did it feel like to change? Were they scared that they might not be able to c…

Me Before You | Jojo Moyes

“Some mistakes... Just have greater consequences than others. But you don't have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you."
Genre: Chick Lit / Contemporary Romance.  Number of Pages: 369. Perspective: First (A few alternating chapters).  Location: England.
Me Before You is about Lou, a woman desperately looking for a job so she can help provide for her parents and sister. She ends up becoming the caregiver for a quadriplegic, Will. It becomes Lou's goal to teach Will how to love life again. For a complete summary, you can go here.
Let me just say, I NEEDED THIS BOOK. I have recently been in a book rut. I couldn’t seem to find an amazing book. I’ve read a lot of pretty good books lately, but I haven’t found one that completely and utterly engrossed me. Until now. This has been a crazy week for me, but I was impatiently waiting each day for a few free moments to engulf myself in this book. Once I finally got a few solid hours of free time, I couldn’t put the…

It’s a Writer Thing -- The Many Faces of Critique Partners

This is a guest post by Jessica Bayliss. 

I’ve been very much looking forward to writing this next post in my It’s a Writer Thing series on feedback. In the first, I wrote about general considerations for receiving feedback, and in the second, I discussed types of feedback. 
This time, I’ll be talking about critique partners. As we know, one of our biggest sources of input comes from our critique partners, or CPs. These are trusted friends or colleagues who we give our babies to and hope they’ll thoroughly, but gently, tell us how our darling is flawed. Not an easy role, for sure. When we’re on the receiving end, it can be challenging—like find me a big old bucket cause I may be at risk for emesis challenging—but we’ve already discussed why this is an important process, and we’re strong—right?—so we can get through it. 
So, we wrote a story, and we braved feedback from our CP or from multiple CPs, which is even better, therefore, we must be good to go and start submitting or querying. Ri…

Q & A With Author Nikki LeClair

Hi, Nikki! Great to have you here. What are your ambitions for your writing career? What would your career look like in an ideal world?
Honestly, the further I dive into the crazy world of being an author, the more humble I am about it. Years ago I would have screamed ‘My goal is to be the next Sophie Kinsella!!! (Okay, that’s still partly true), but right now my ambitions are small. I’d love to win Readers Favorite, and figure out a fail-proof system to actually get reviews from readers, for me and my author mates. In an ideal world, I would be able to write at least six hours a day without being bothered!
Yeah, getting reviews can be one of the biggest challenges for authors. What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?
Housewives of New Jersey. Hands down. I love those cat-fights! It used to be Grey’s Anatomy but then they killed off Mark Sloan so I cut it! 
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Do you believe in fate or love at first sight?
I DO believe that you can lock eyes with someone and feel something …