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January 14, 2017

Recommended Reading: Word Play by Peter Farb
An enlightening study of language that's a gold mine for dialogue-conscious novelists

Word Play by Peter Farb may not have been written with novelists in mind, but it’s chock full of good insights for writers, especially on the topic of dialogue. You can get the book here. One chapter I find especially interesting is on verbal dueling. The author’s position is […]
January 4, 2017
Write what you know

What Do I Know?
One author's take on an old adage

By J.S. Anderson “Write what you know.” For years I struggled with this common little sliver of advice. What did I know? I was not a detective or former prosecutor. I was not a physician or politician or Olympian or scholar of history. What I knew well was […]
December 28, 2016

The Blackbird and Hemingway
Reflections on the nature and nurture of words

by J.S. Anderson In the city that draws the eye up, ever up, mine were on the commanding Beaux-Arts façade of the New York Public Library. I nearly missed the series of bronze plaques set into the sidewalk on East 41st Street, right there under my feet. I […]
January 5, 2014
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Deadly Straits
A new novel considers terrorism on the sea

Where were you on September 11, 2001? R.E. (Bob) McDermott was in Singapore when the Twin Towers fell. The increased airport security after that was a constant reminder of the new threats we faced. But Bob was thinking about another area of vulnerability: shipping. McDermott knows ships. He is […]
December 10, 2013
Untimed

Author Andy Gavin Tackles the Wild Adventure of Time Travel in Untimed

Video game designer, polymath, and author of acclaimed debut novel The Darkening Dream, Andy Gavin has been thinking about time travel for decades. His newest book, young adult adventure Untimed, explores travelling through the time continuum. Says Gavin, “Untimed began from a fusion of ideas. Lingering in my mind for […]
December 28, 2012
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“Diabolically Clever:” Rich Silvers Leaves Fortune 500 Finance and Launches a Second Career as a Suspense Novelist

Rich Silvers spent twenty-five years working in the finance departments of Fortune 500 companies. Early on, during his lunch breaks, he would browse bookstores in mid-town Manhattan and dream about writing a novel of his own. “I knew exactly the format I wanted to write.” His dream came […]