Barbara’s story, “Crazy for You,” that was published in 2010 in Orange County Noir is included in USA Noir: Best of Akashic’s Noir Series, released November, 2013. The new anthology includes short stories by some of the greats in the suspense field: T. Jefferson Parker, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oates, and more. Details and purchase information ».
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Latest entries from the Pen on Fire blog:
Kim Fay, Edgar Award finalist and author of The Map of Lost Memories, talks to Marrie Stone about her passion for Southeast Asia, sustaining momentum over fourteen years of work on a project, and the value of belonging to a writing group.
Then cognitive scientist and author of The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century Steven Pinker talks to Nicole Nelson about the importance of using examples in nonfiction, the shortcomings and value of the green wiggly line in MS Word, and how he earned his rank as one of Science‘s Top 50 stars of Twitter.
(Broadcast date: December 10, 2014)
Miriam Toews talks to Nicole Nelson about her new book ALL MY PUNY SORROWS. She talks about writing the hard stuff, gaining control over life through writing, and the importance of bleeding on the page. Then monologuist Josh Kornbluth talks about his influences, how he develops a show, and the comedic gold in failure. His current monologue-in-progress is Reports from the Zen Hospice: Improvs, which will run Thursdays at 8 p.m. at the Berkeley Marsh through the end of December.
(Broadcast date: December 3, 2014)
Azar Nafisi, bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books, joins Marrie Stone to talk about the importance of fiction and how it’s a guardian of memory, what is unique about American fiction, and the necessity for a public discourse about literature.
In the second half, Lydia Millet joins to talk about her latest novel, Mermaids in Paradise. She discusses inspiration, landscape, and how connecting two disparate concepts in fiction can lead to intriguing plot lines.
(Broadcast date: November 19, 2014)
Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Olen Butler joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest Christopher Marlow Cobb novel, The Empire of Night, and how to utilize the “compost of the imagination” to create art.
Licensed mortician Caitlin Doughty joins in the second half to discuss her memoir, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory. Caitlin gives advice on how to talk to children about death, what attracted her to mortuary science, and options for after-life care most people don’t know exist.
(Broadcast date: November 12, 2014)
New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest young adult novel, Belzhar, her attraction to young adult fiction, Sylvia Plath, and what makes a compelling character. Thrity Umrigar joins in the second half to discuss her latest novel,
The Story Hour, and how the power of narrative has the ability to alter our world view.
(Broadcast date: October 15, 2014)
Jayne Anne Phillips, author of Quiet Dell, and Matthew Thomas, author of We Are Not Ourselves, join Marrie Stone to talk about inspiration, craft, endurance, and their revision process.
(Broadcast date: August 27, 2014)