Fiction for an Unnatural Era – The Case for Magical Realism

Times are strange: our government can spy on us and say it’s for our protection. The folks who hold that abortion is murder also claim the right to carry guns. And a white woman (who claimed that she was black) gets elected local president for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Strange times […]

Feasts for the Eyes

The first food I remember reading about as a child was Rat’s breakneck inventory of his picnic basket in The Wind in the Willows: coldtonguecoldhamcoldbeefpickledgherkinssaladfrenchrollscresssandwidges pottedmeatgingerbeerlemonadesodawater. That list stuck with me, so much so that when I first encountered ginger beer as an adult I was elated. It was every bit as tasty as I’d […]

My Dog Ate My Homework, or Why I Couldn’t Do My Assignment on Concrete Imagery

Dear Editor, I know I promised to write about how concrete imagery draws a reader into a story, but I’ve had such a week that I just couldn’t. Several months ago we had a huge Red Oak tree cut down after it dropped a large limb onto my neighbor’s driveway.  Unfortunately, she was in the […]

Historical Novelist Lynn Cullen, Part 2: The Craft of Art

In Part 1 of my interview with Lynn Cullen (see July 30th), I briefly discussed her break-out novel, Mrs. Poe.  But as Cullen says herself, “It takes years to figure out your craft and the industry. Those who want a short cut, well, it doesn’t happen.” Back when she was a young mother finishing her English […]

Crafting a Story, Completing a Jigsaw Puzzle

If you have received this post via email, please click on the title.  Today we welcome Crystal Klimavicz as a new blogger. Crystal has just published her first novel, Falling through Trees. A daughter of New England, Crystal moved to north metro Atlanta 16 years ago with her husband. She has worked in the healthcare sector […]

Robert Coram: Military Biographer, Part Two

Did you receive this post via email? Please click on the title to read in your browser. Tuesday, I introduced you to military biographer Robert Coram, told you about his background, and discussed his approach to writing. Today–a bit about his biographies, the three he’s published and the one still in draft stage. Boyd: The […]

Robert Coram: Military Biographer, Part One

  Did you receive this post via email? Please click on the title to read in your browser. “I have the best job in the world,” says Robert Coram. “I get to write about American heroes.” His theme is particularly timely for this week of Memorial Day, May 26th. The hardest thing for Coram is […]