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Month: September 2010

Guest Jenny Nelson
On Food, Florence, and Inspiration

Guest Jenny Nelson
On Food, Florence, and Inspiration

[Ah sweet memories — particularly those deep, heartfelt ones that inspire authors to wrap a novel around them. In today’s guest post, Jenny Nelson describes how her first trip to Italy began a love affair and ultimately a setting for her debut novel, Georgia’s Kitchen.] On Food, Florence, and Inspiration The first time I went to Florence I was 20 years old and had just finished two semesters in Mardrid, where I majored in “mucha marcha,” the distinctly Madrileño art…

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Leah Stewart and Husband and Wife

Leah Stewart and Husband and Wife

As both a writer and a reader Leah Stewart (The Myth of You and Me, Body of a Girl) requires that a book offers engagement on an emotional level and, in her third novel — Husband and Wife, released in May — she provides cause for such a response. The fact that this story is based on detailed, personal emotions undoubtedly led to the interview question, “…is your work autobiographical?” in LEAH LETS LOOSE on SHEKNOWS Entertainment. There the author…

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The Revealing of Jenny Nelson

The Revealing of Jenny Nelson

Early in August, Jenny Nelson debuted with Georgia’s Kitchen), described in this tempting one sentence synopsis: A dazzling debut novel made with the finest ingredients: romance, cooking, Italy, New York, and one woman’s appetite for more. And topped off with praise by a familiar author: “All the right ingredients—an insider’s look at the restaurant industry, a heart–warming heroine, and a romp through Tuscany—make for a delightful and delicious book. Buyer be warned: GEORGIA’S KITCHEN will leave you hungry for more…

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Guest Leah Stewart on Why Do You Read?

Guest Leah Stewart on Why Do You Read?

[In her role as a teacher Leah Stewart (Husband and Wife, The Myth of You and Me, Body of a Girl) emphasizes and discusses the craft of a novel, while as a reader (and writer) she is drawn to the emotional impact of a book. So here, in today’s guest post, she wonders why or what is most important in reading?] One of my graduate students emailed me a few weeks ago to say he’d heard me mention Margot Livesey’s…

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Tanya Egan Gibson and
How to Buy a Love of Reading

Tanya Egan Gibson and
How to Buy a Love of Reading

When Tanya Egan Gibson was a high school English teacher, one of her students admitted that she had never read any book she liked. Instead the student spent her time daydreaming about her friends and their experiences shared during the day, imagining what might have been done differently. Although this was creative, Tanya loved books too much not to accept a challenge and vowed one day to write a book the girl would like. And, after ten years. that vow/idea…

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Guest Eileen Cook on
The Secret to Writing a Novel

Guest Eileen Cook on
The Secret to Writing a Novel

[After a long, hot summer Labor Day celebrates the promise of fall. Fresh crisp air — along with the return to a normal routine — energizes and inspires one to sharpen pencils, fill blank notebooks, and go offline to write. It’s a brand new year, the year to write THE novel. Eileen Cook (Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA, Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA, releasing in paperback September 21, 2010, The Education of Hailey Kendrick YA coming January 4,…

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Guest Jessica Barksdale Inclan on
Being a Mature Bride

Guest Jessica Barksdale Inclan on
Being a Mature Bride

[ Among the many books she’s written, Jessica Barksdale Inclan (Intimate Beings, The Beautiful Being) has most recently focused on The Being Trilogy with Being With Him releasing in mass market edition on September 7, 2010. According to the author, “This is a story of two people who have felt different and “other” all their lives, who manage to find each other. And then the fun begins!” Soulmates united in writing….and in life? For Jessica is getting married on September…

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The Revealing of Leah Stewart

The Revealing of Leah Stewart

The dream goal of most authors is being able to describe their book in one sentence — a sentence that piques interest — and Leah Stewart (The Myth of You and Me, Body of a Girl) has been able to do that with her third novel, Husband and Wife,: A young mother discovers that her husband’s novel about infidelity might be drawn from real life. And from this, along with a bit more, come glowing reviews: “Stewart (The Myth of…

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