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December 16, 2012
Memoirs Aren't Fairytales A Story of Addiction

Chronicling Self Destruction: Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales
A debut novelest captures the tumultuous life of a heroin addict

Let’s start with the answer that everyone wants from Marni Mann: no, she’s not a heroin addict, and she’s never been a heroin addict. But she’s flattered when readers of her debut novel, Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales, ask to see the scars on her arms (there aren’t any of those, […]
January 23, 2012
Beneath the Surface Joya Fields

Beneath the Surface: Finding Inner Strength
Debut romantic suspense novelist introduces an amputee heroine

When Joya Fields was a senior at the University of Maryland, she interned for Easter Seals and met many people with disabilities. It was an eye-opening experience that the book-loving English major drew on years later for her first novel, Beneath the Surface, which released this month from The Wild Rose Press. […]
January 15, 2012

“Get to Work:” A Yoga-Teaching Novelist Stretches to Become Publisher and Marketer
Why a yoga instructor and mom of 3 decided she needed to take on the task of self-publishing

“If you have a book you believe in, get to work,” says novelist Mary E. Kingsley. She would know. Mary’s debut novel, Angel, was released last November, with Mary acting as both author and publisher. Set in an Appalachian town in the early 1970s, Angel is the story of a thirteen year-old […]
September 30, 2010
Jonathan Franzen

One Editor’s Love/Hate Relationship with Freedom (By Jonathan Franzen)
Ross Browne's review of Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen

“In his first novel since The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy […]
July 12, 2009
Bella Swan, Twilight

Twilight, A “First 50” Review
A review of the first 50 pages of Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

The first 50 pages of Twilight make for what I would call a mildly interesting read. The novel opens with a preface of a half page in which an unnamed narrator writing in the first person contemplates the fact that she’s about to die, presumably at the hand of an […]