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September 20, 2019

Writing fiction, especially women's fiction, can be all about getting into the heads of characters. It's hard to think of a better profession for knowing what goes on inside peoples' minds than being a psychologist.

Elena Mikalsen writes novels about love, but she's als...

August 2, 2019

I'm all about women in STEM and I'm especially excited when I read a science-y or tech-y book written by an author with specialized training. I reached out to Rebecca Enzor for an interview not because she has some kind of special training in mermaids (though, if she h...

January 28, 2019

I met Sara Ackerman through debut author group Authors 18 and immediately wanted to go visit her in Hawaii and maybe stay for a little writing time. I suspect all of us in the group envy the stunning setting in which Sara writes her books. 

Sara's debut, Island of...

January 14, 2019

One should not ask an author to recommend just a single book. But I did. I asked seven authors, in fact. It was purely selfish, really, because I was having trouble knowing where to start in choosing what to read this year. So, in order to build my own 2019 TBR list, I...

December 4, 2018

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November 29, 2018

Choosing a book for a book lover can be like choosing a bottle of wine for a wine lover--easily botched and often intimidating. For your holiday shopping ease, I've pulled together some non-book gift ideas for the readers and writers in your life. (These are also fanta...

October 29, 2018

I planned to be a doctor from when I was a young child until the end of my junior year in college, when I made the crazy switch from being pre-med to being pre-law. While it was the right decision for me, I think there's a small part of me that clings to a picture of m...

September 17, 2018

Food and books make a great pairing, and some authors know how to do it right. Louise Miller writes charming fiction filled with community and cooking, starting with her debut, The City Baker's Guide to Country Living. (Another piece of apple pie, please!) My book club...

September 5, 2018

I met Negeen Papehn in a debut author group this year and was immediately in awe. She's an incredible supporter of her fellow writers and a busy mom. She's brilliant at breaking down plot points and creating complex and memorable characters, as demonstrated in her cont...

August 27, 2018

I met Amanda Stauffer through our membership in a debut author group. I didn't know what she did for a living until I read her rom-com debut, Match Made In Manhattan, in which main character Alison--who charmingly navigates the world of a popular dating app and a serie...

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