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A Conversation with Renée Ashley

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A Conversation with Renée Ashley, Author of Because I Am the Shore I Want to Be the Sea

BF: When did you discover your love for writing poetry? Can you tell us about the first poem you’ve ever written?

RA: It’s not a pretty tale to tell, alas. I had, evidently, as a kid,

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A Conversation with Marsha A. Moore

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A Conversation with Marsha A. Moore: Author of The Enchanted Bookstore Legends Series

BF: Can you describe your journey to publishing your first book?

MM: I didn’t aim to be a fiction author. My path evolved to this end. While growing up I enjoyed reading, and for that reason I followed an English minor

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A Conversation with Nina Foxx

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A Conversation with Nina Foxx: Author, Playwright and Filmmaker

BF: You were already a successful author before receiving your MFA degree. What made you decide to go back to school, and what did you learn about your writing through the program?

NF: I wanted to write better, in a more thoughtful way. I also

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A Conversation with NYT Bestselling Author, Omar Tyree

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A Conversation with New York Times Bestselling Author, Omar Tyree

BF: According to the bio on your website, you discovered your passion as a writer while you were a pharmacy major at the University of Pittsburgh. What exactly spawned this calling?

OT: Actually, my college writing assignments about my friends, family, hobbies and the

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A Conversation with Jaime Reed

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A Conversation with Jaime Reed: Author of Living Violet

BF: Your first novel, Living Violet (Book 1 in The Cambion Chronicles) released at the end of last year. How (if at all) has your life changed since being published?

JR: Surprisingly, not much has changed. I still function normally and go to the same

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A Conversation with Jennifer Hillier

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A Conversation with Jennifer Hillier: Author of Creep

BF: Your debut novel, Creep, came out last year. It has been described as a dark and intense psychological thriller. What draws you to dark fiction? Have you tried writing in another genre?

 

JH: One of the first adult books I ever read was Stephen

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A Conversation with K.M. Walton

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A Conversation with K.M. Walton: Author of Cracked

K.M. Walton is not only a talented writer, but she’s also an inspiration—and we’re not just saying that because she shares a literary agent with one of our coeditors. Despite years of rejections, she finally had her breakthrough last year when she nabbed an agent and

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You Are a Writer: Dress the Part

Some say you are what you eat, while for others it’s all about what you wear. We can achieve a lot in our fiction by how we dress our characters: clothes can indicate setting, either geographical or historical; can reflect a personality; and a distinctive outfit, or even an accessory, can serve as an aide

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Leveling Up: An Editing Technique

This week I read about a new editing technique called Leveling Up. It actually came from a colleague in teaching who uses it with his class when they do a piece of creative writing. He hands out cards with terms such as adjectives, adverbs, and descriptive phrases. He then asks students to underline good examples

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How to Reach Clarity in Your Writing

For me, the hardest part of a first draft is the middle. I start with a very clear beginning and I know exactly where the story is going. But the drift of space in the middle of the story, the how and why a character gets to where he is going is something that remains

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