Monthly Archives: July 2013

Good Times

“Celebrate good times, c’mon!” This peppy line from a Madonna hit popped up on the car radio recently and it seems like the perfect anthem for a book party I just attended to launch the second book in Mackenzie Reide’s … Continue reading

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Assaulting Citadels

“There are no ‘classics’ of crime and detection. Not one. Within its frame of reference, which is the only way it should be judged, a classic is a piece of writing which exhausts the possibilities of its form and can … Continue reading

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Page Turner

While I was at the beach for a few days some time ago, I craved — what else? — some beach reading! My ever-resourceful sister Steph came to the rescue with a novel by Nora Roberts. Nora’s a phenom — … Continue reading

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Storytelling Magic

In a recent interview in The New York Times Book Review, Dan Brown, the author of The Da Vinci Code and the new bestseller, Inferno, talked about the earliest experience he had as a reader that influenced him in a … Continue reading

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Big Moment

Sometimes as a writer, a big moment comes your way. And when it does, you have to savor it! And that’s exactly what I’m doing right now. I have been working on my YA novel for some years now. Writing … Continue reading

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Satisfying Endings

“One cold hard fact of fiction is that as we’re busy writing the most sophisticated story, we can also hear — if we listen carefully — the underlying rhythms of the fairytale. From mystery to romance, from high art to … Continue reading

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Typical Weaknesses

Robert McKee is considered the master of movie storytelling. For more than 25 years, he’s given a wildly popular three-day intensive seminar around the world, from LA to Lisbon, and coached hundreds of aspiring and veteran screenwriters. His book, Story, … Continue reading

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