I thought I’d do a re-cap of recent posts and throw in some links for fun.

First, I had the chance to interview Barbara Friend Ish, an author and independent publisher. We talked about creativity and the writing process, the business of writing, and books (of course we did!): part 1, part 2, and part 3.

I reviewed The Black Fire Concerto by Mike Allen. A great read for October. A snippet:

A post-apocalyptic place unlike the world we know. Where people eat the flesh of ghouls under the misguided belief it will prolong their lives. Where magic, light and dark, exist. Where machines are a thing of the past but knowledge of their misuse has shaped the sad state of the present. A place where humans hide not wanting to live out a half-dead fate if bitten by a ghoul. A place ruined by storms that scorched the land and transformed its people. A place where music can shape destiny. A place of creatures shaped by magic. A place full of fantastical landscapes. A place to instill wonder and fear.

My review of Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen appeared over at The Book Reporter. Another snippet:

Frances Osgood’s life is already complicated when she meets Edgar Allan Poe. Admiration, quickly followed by deep attraction, sends the two on a strange journey. Knowing they can’t have what their hearts both want, they deny their love and yet find themselves in a very complicated relationship that neither knows how to get out of — or if they even want out.

I also spoke to The Book Reporter about the National Book Festival which I attended a few weeks ago. My thoughts. Hint: I liked it.

On Tuesday, I’m starting a new class on historical fiction called, Plagues, Witches, and War. I’m getting excited about it so don’t be surprised to see posts about all the strange things I come across.

Have a good one readers.


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