Today’s Review: The Novel Writing Intensive

 Eleven other writers and I participated in the Novel Writing Intensive on Whidbey Island in mid-October. This three and a half day retreat combines seminars, focused critiques and one-on-one consultations. The seminars and critiques were led by well-known authors...

Today’s Review: The Last of the Blacksmiths, by Claire Gebben

The Last of the Blacksmiths is a historical novel, inspired by a story of one of the author’s ancestors. It transports you to 19th century Germany and America, as you follow Michael Harm, a farmer’s son who is cursed, or blessed, with wanderlust, and longs for more...

Today’s Review: The Art of Character, by David Corbett

Like most writers, I have several books in my bookshelves on craft. In truth, more than several books – at last count the number was north of fifty. David Corbett’s recent book, The Art of Character, is hanging out, not on the shelves with the others, but on my desk,...

Five Reasons I Love the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference

Before I learned I had celiac disease, I was addicted to St. Honoré Cake, a delectable combination of puff pastry, rich custard, cream puffs, caramelized sugar and whipped cream. It’s not a dessert that can be slapped together; it takes the skilled hands of a pastry...

Today’s Review: The Breakout Novel Intensive Week

Hood River, Oregon is a cool little town on the banks of the Columbia River, just an hour east of Portland. It’s home to wind surfers, skiers, snowboarders, and mountain bikers. It was also the home, for a week at the end of March, to 32 fiction writers who joined...

Today’s Review – Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

Imagine waking up and not recognizing your surroundings, nor the man next to you in the bed. You might think, as Christine Lucas does in Before I Go to Sleep, that you tied one on the previous evening and this is the morning after a one-night stand. Imagine then...