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:
Literary Agent Jane Dystel, founder and president of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, joins Marrie Stone to talk about what makes an effective agent, what to look for in an agent, how to query an agent, what’s selling and what’s not, how the industry has changed, the importance of platform, how ebooks are saving fiction, and more.
(Broadcast date: January 7, 2015)
Meghan Daum, author of The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, talks with co-host Nicole Nelson about the advantages of going unseen in Los Angeles, her favorite essayists, and writing with humor–including, and perhaps especially–while talking about serious and upsetting things.
Then novelist Siri Hustvedt, author of The Blazing World, discusses the crucial work of an author to find the emotional truth, the potential benefits of automatic writing, and starting a novel with only a glimmer or “smell” for the story.
Her PEN America workshop is titled “Why One Story and Not Another.”
(Broadcast date: January 21, 2015)
If you don’t already have a copy of my writing book, Pen on Fire, or you want a copy to give to a friend, you may be able to win a copy. Goodreads is sponsoring a giveaway. All you have to do is get your name in there and you may be a winner. Good luck!
Lisa Cron author of Wired for Story, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about hooking the reader from the start, regardless of genre. If you’re writing a novel or memoir and want to make sure to engage your readers (beginning with a literary agent), don’t miss this one.
(Broadcast date: Dec. 31, 2014
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)