Do you love a good mystery? I recently devoured a good old-fashioned one by Juliana Deering: Death by the Book. Set in England in the early 30s, it’s reminiscent of classics by Dorothy Sayers and P.G. Wodehouse.Read More
Years ago, way back when I was in high school, my dad and I were talking about the definition of art. He said if he was still thinking about a story–or a movie or a painting–the next day, he figured it was art.
By my father’s definition, the novel The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman is definitely “art” in my book because I’m still thinking about it nearly two weeks after I read it. I, beyond a doubt, binged on this one. I read it in less than a day and didn’t even put it down while I was cooking dinner. I know I’ll read it again sometime in the near future. It’s that good.Read More
I loved Elizabeth Byler Younts’ non-fiction book, Seasons, about her grandmother’s life. But I loved her debut novel, A Promise to Return, even more.Read More
I started writing in my late twenties, wrote and wrote all through my thirties, and finally signed my first novel contract when I was almost forty. Currently, there’s a whole group of young women who are on the fast-track compared to my journey to being published, and I’m cheering them on!Read More
I started reading The Breeders by Katie French last week on my way home from Chicago and then finished it the next morning. Yeah, I’d intended to work during that time but continued to book binge instead. It was definitely worth it.Read More
I “met” Tina Bustamante years ago when she emailed me a story she’d written, asking for my feedback. A few years after that she attended a writers’ conference I taught at, and we met in person for the first time–even though by then I felt as if I’d known her for years. Then I read the next story she wrote. And a third. All along, I was sure she had a bright writing future. Her novel, As Waters Gone By, has just been published by Leap Books. I know it won’t be her last. Tina is a smart, caring person, and I’m honored to know her. I recommend As Waters Gone By–a compelling coming-of-age story set on Orcas Island–along with Tina’s blog. Both are heartfelt and full of insight into the challenges and...Read More