An Interview with Suanne Schafer

Author Suanne Schafer seems to be one of those persons you look at and ask, “Is there anything she doesn’t do?” When you visit her website, you see all she has to offer: book reviews, interviews, photography, editing services, and more. In fact, at the top of that site, in the “About Me” section, she…

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Identity Crisis

One of my personal Gmail accounts has been in existence since January 4, 2005. Since that time, I’ve entered that address when I shop online; I’ve given it to schools, churches, sports teams, and music teachers; it finds its way to contact forms for nonprofits and other organizations I support. And since that time, I’ve…

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An Interview with K. L. Mitchell

2021 Debuts author K. L. Mitchell has achieved a publishing dream: K. L.’s debut novel, The Road to Kalazad, was released on May 6 from Desert Palm Press. The story about “wandering adventurers almost as good at getting out of trouble as they are at getting into it” has been called a “quirky treat” with…

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An Interview with Elizabeth Gonzalez James

2021 Debuts author Elizabeth Gonzalez James is living the dream. Her debut novel, Mona at Sea, which launched on June 30, is collecting praise like a numismatist collects coins. So far it has made lists on POPSUGAR, Apple Books, and Harper’s Bazaar, and The Rumpus Book Club selected it as a read for June 2021.…

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Birthday Learning, II

Dear Melina, Wow. What can I say? It’s been an interesting year? Odd year and a half? Both of those are true. You and I have spent most of our waking moments together since March 13, 2020, and that is a very long time for two people of our age to be together. (Had I…

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An Interview with Gail Aldwin

Gail Aldwin is a novelist, scriptwriter, and poet I’ve been lucky enough to meet virtually. Her new book, This Much Huxley Knows is out now from Black Rose Writing (having launched just yesterday!), and it’s garnering great reviews. Author Sara Gethins wrote that the book is “A joyous novel with the wonderfully exuberant character of…

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Speaking of Dog Days of Summer…

Let me preface this post by saying, MY DOG IS ALIVE AND WELL. Imagine this: your dog has died in your home, and you do nothing about it for several hours. What sort of callous and uncaring person does that? Apparently, I do. Because one morning last week, as I crept past the dog lying…

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An Interview with Debbie Babitt

Debut novelist Debbie Babitt, part of the 2021 Debuts group, is thrilled to see her novel, Saving Grace, on the bookstore shelves. In fact, in a recent exchange via email, she wrote that she’d been “having a ball signing books all over. A dream come true!” That dream come true has garnered a lot of…

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An Interview with Shawn Nocher

2021 Debuts author Shawn Nocher is a person I hope to meet someday. She grew up with a mother who loved books (and passed on that love of reading); she adores animals; and she writes about families and the emotional moments, big and small, that surround them. In fact, her debut novel, A Hand to…

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An Interview with Elizabeth de Veer

2021 Debuts author Elizabeth de Veer is the picture of perseverance. Like many authors, it took her a while to get to the point of publishing her debut novel. In fact, the subtitle of one of her blogs is “And how did I manage to stay with [writing] for 18 years before getting published?” I…

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