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Quiver of the Pure HeartOur on-going interviews with Cool Authors, Cool Books

Burnita Bluitt’s  debut novel, Quiver of the Pure Heart, began as a love-letter to San Francisco’s painted ladies. However, after uncovering the Western Addition Victorian’s dark history, she felt compelled to shine a light on their tragic past, and on the forces that left an indelible impact on the Fillmore community which is still felt today.

Quiver of the Pure Heart was not only a labor of love, but one of, well, labor.

Her road to publication is one many of us have traveled, and if you have not, Burnita’s experience … Read more

Writing the DIY Memoir

DIY memoir, a memoir based on crafts.  These memoirs are either historical, the author looks back and says, wow, there is a pattern here, I can construct a book around that pattern.  OR the writer picks up a craft on purpose and as she creates each item: the cupcake, the sweater, each recipe in the cook book, she uses those projects as   triggers and organizing memes for each chapter in her memoir.

Either approach can be very effective. And on first reading: easy.

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Characters in Fiction

Characters in FictionAsk me about a favorite book – and I’ll describe the heroine.

We often, if pressed, remember key points of a plot, but what really stick in our heads are the characters.  We remember the who over the how, before the what.

Do we love Jane Austen’s books because of the intricate plots? Not really.

The story? Please, we know the story. What we love are the characters, the strong women who get into trouble because they blurt out what they are thinking, the handsome hero who is just misunderstood, the spunky friend for whom we wish as much Read more

Frustrated with writing?

Frustrated with writing?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

Guest: Sommer Nectaratoff

 

Sommer Nectarhoff is a writer from Chicago. He’s always loved to read and write both fiction and poetry. His shorter pieces have been published in a variety of literary journals, and he is the author of numerous books to date, including the fantasy series The Book of Lokk.

 

The Black Path (Volume X)

Available on Amazon
This is a story of Gods and mortals, of life and death, of a world where fate has no master.
This is the Book of Lokk.

More on Amazon on his Lokk series:

http://www.amazon.com/Death-Ydain-I-Sommer-Nectarhoff-ebook/dp/B0164QAQCA/ref=la_B00MSLRQBA_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1455634952&sr=1-1

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