Rants/Raves

From books and authors to characters and genres, here are the ones authors and readers feel passionate about–good or bad!


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From books and authors to characters and genres, here are the ones authors and readers feel passionate about–good or bad!

Rants/Raves | August 19th, 2014

Reading at the Gym…UGH by Jackie Kimmel

Jackie Kimmel

I used to believe that reading was an anywhere/anytime type of deal. I truly enjoy reading and like to read in unusual and unexpected places. However, I am a firm believer that people should not read while at the gym.
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Rants/Raves | August 7th, 2014

Putting Pain to Paper by Susan Blumberg-Kason

Good Chinese Wife

After my mother read my memoir, Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair With China Gone Wrong, she didn’t speak to me for a week. The night she finished the book, she sent a melancholy e-mail saying she was upset and would call me soon to talk about it if I was up for it. Although my mother knew about most of the events in the book, she later told me that she felt bad she had pushed these things out of her mind, that she had even forgotten some of them.
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Rants/Raves | July 15th, 2014

On Careers and Writing by Chris Culver

Chris Culver

More or less, I’m a full-time writer. I say more or less because I don’t actually spend much of my day writing. I used to, but then my wife and I had our first kid. The baby’s wonderful, and I spend most of the day chasing after him. And if I’m not chasing him, I’m usually chasing my dog. While I’ve never seen them huddled together in the corner, conspiring against me, I’m pretty sure they’re in cahoots, playing some twisted game the end result of which I don’t understand.
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Rants/Raves | July 14th, 2014 | 3 responses

Sex? I Can Do That by Julie Mayerson Brown

Julie Brown
“More sex,” he said.

I was having coffee with an old friend, a publicist, who had offered advice on book promotion. I hadn’t expected “sex” to be on the agenda, but he was the expert, so I went with it. And he was, after all, doing me a favor. He even paid for my double-shot, low-fat, half-caff latte.
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Rants/Raves | June 23rd, 2014

What Characters Really Want: A Listener Who’s Willing to Type by Maddie Dawson

Maggie Dawson

One of the most fun things about writing a novel (or as my uncle put it, “telling lies for profit”) is meeting all the characters who show up.

People are always asking authors where their characters come from — it’s the #1 question when you go for readings and signings — and they always seem frightened if you tell them the truth, which is, “I have utterly no idea. One day some people just show up in my head and start talking, until finally I go get a pen and start writing things down. Then they tell me the story over the course of about a year, mostly when I’m trying to sleep or read somebody else’s book or drive on a rain-soaked highway, and then they leave and I never hear from them again.”
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Rants/Raves | June 18th, 2014

Am I in Your Book? by Mary Vensel White

Qualities of Wood

If you are fortunate enough to have written a book and to have acquired readers for that book, and if perhaps you’ve managed to create characters that mean something to those readers, then one of the questions you’ll get asked quite a bit (if you are lucky enough to be fielding questions) will be about those characters. Where did they come from? What was your inspiration? Or even: Do you know someone like __­__? (Fill in the blank with any irascible/kind/angry/loving/selfish/selfless/genuine/phony/etc. character.)
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