Kristine Smith’s new book, Rules of Conflict, was released January 26.
I however, read the first in the series, Code of Conduct because I like to start at the beginning. And I’m glad I did.
Code of Conduct Introduces heroine to Jani Kilian, her hybrid body, past relationships and an elaborately coded new world:
After an accident, doctors repair Jani using the most advanced Service Medical technologies available, or so they assured her. In the last days of the idomeni civil war, she escaped their homeworld of Shèrá, and spent the next 18 years on the run.
But someone like … Read more
Writing is frustrating, difficult and maddening. Writers are frustrating, difficult and maddening. I think our reputation as mad and/or drunks is well deserved.
But we keep at it, why?
No matter how difficult the work, how awkward and unmanageable the manuscript or how awful the characters are or how badly behaved the sentences are: I am happy because I have a book to work on. I am happy because I am involved in a creative project.
We all long to create meaning. Working on a book, even thinking about a book gives my daily life meaning. Writing may not deliver … Read more
The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special Guest: Rutanya Alda
The Mommie Dearest Diary
In more than five decades of acting, Rutanya Alda has appeared in a multitude of film, television, and theatre roles before and after Mommie Dearest, including The Deer Hunter (Oscar for Best Picture, 1978) and Amityville II: The Possession (1982). She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and lives primarily in Manhattan.
Ms. Dunaway has famously ended interviews immediately when asked about the film, leaving fans to wonder what happened. Now, in this very private diary, Rutanya (“Carol Ann”) delves into the … Read more
Our on-going interviews with Cool Authors, Cool Books
Dorothy Hearst author of The Wolf Chronicles
We have said before that for some authors, characters demand their stories to be written. Dorothy would agree. Dorothy writes about wolves.
I gave their story absolutely everything I had. There is something so humbling about having been given the gift of a great story idea. I felt so grateful but also a little stunned. I wondered why me? Why did they come to me of all the people in the world, when I’d never written anything before? Once I’d accepted the challenge, it felt … Read more
We say the words, make time. We can’t make time. I try in my Future Girls books to make time, to travel back and forth changing up everything. It’s fun in fiction, not as easy in real life – so to speak.
In a conversation with Beth Barany, she asked, how do I make time for my writing.
And I had the epiphany that I don’t make time at all.
But I do protect it.
I do schedule part of the day for writing, for being creative.
And that’s the making of time I suppose. I make time for writing.… Read more