Hailed by “The Bookseller” as ‘One to Watch’, Jane Davis is the author of nine thought-provoking novels. Her debut, Half-truths & White Lies, won the Daily Mail First Novel Award 2008. Of her subsequent three novels, “Compulsion Reads” wrote, ‘Davis is a phenomenal writer, whose ability to create well-rounded characters that are easy to relate to feels effortless’. Her 2015 novel, An Unknown Woman, was “Writing Magazine”’s Self-published Book of the Year 2016 and has been shortlisted for two further awards. Smash all the Windows was the inaugural winner of the Selfies (best independently-published work of fiction) award 2019. When she isn’t writing, you may spot her disappearing up a mountain with a camera in hand. Her favorite description of fiction is ‘made-up truth’.[Read more…] about Interview with Jane Davis: Author of At the Stroke of Nine O’Clock
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Author Neda Disney has lived in England, Los Angeles, and New York. She studied painting and sculpture and has worked in film, TV, and radio. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. Visit her website at https://nedadisney.com/.[Read more…] about Interview with Neda Disney: Author of Planting Wolves
The following post was written by Desiree Villena.
Coming-of-age fiction is, without a doubt, one of the most powerful literary genres. Its intimate depictions of growth, exploration, and loss of innocence reignite the emotions that we felt in our own youths — and, for those who are still young, reflect some of the most potent things they’re presently experiencing.
In other words, coming-of-age fiction can be wonderfully moving for readers of all ages, and authors have produced many brilliant works in the genre over time. Today, however, we’re going to focus on the contemporary! For your entertainment and/or emotionally wrenching nostalgia, here are the five best coming-of-age novels of 2019.[Read more…] about The 5 Best Coming-of-Age Novels of 2019
Brian Finney, a professor of English, has published eight books on subjects ranging from a biography of Christopher Isherwood (awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Book Prize for the best work of non-fiction in 1979) to Terrorized: How the War on Terror Affected American Culture and Society, published on Amazon’s Kindle in 2011 and as a paperback in 2018. In 2019 he published his first novel, Money Matters (see below for link), an unconventional detective novel in which a woman with no experience uncovers the whereabouts of a missing person with connections to the powerful CEO of a mutual fund company, a politician running for governor in California, and a drug cartel.
In 1989, after two years as a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Riverside and subsequent adjunct positions at UCLA and the University of Southern California, he became a full-time professor at California State University, Long Beach, where he is currently a Professor Emeritus in the Department of English.
The following post was authored by Mike Sahno, author of the new novel, Whizzers, which blends speculative and metaphysical fiction.
“Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.” ― Khaled Hosseini
Throughout the ages, writers of fiction have sought to convey deeper meaning through their art. Storytellers don’t necessarily tell stories merely to entertain; they may also wish to inform, or to impart wisdom.
As a delivery system for universal truths―or even just personal truths―fiction probably has a pretty shaky history. Still, it’s worth investigating whether an individual work of fiction can deliver the goods when it comes to being truthful, or authentic.[Read more…] about The Authenticity of Fiction (Guest Post)
Below is a Q&A session in which I was interviewed about my upcoming novel, Green Bay Outsiders. You’ve been hearing a lot about it. This interview takes readers more in-depth about what inspired me to write the story and what I hope it accomplishes.[Read more…] about Interview With the Author: About Green Bay Outsiders