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USA Noir: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:

Maureen Corrigan and Stewart O’Nan on Writers on Writing

Maureen Corrigan, author and NPR book critic, talks to co-host Nicole Nelson about her latest book, So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came To Be And Why It Endures, as well as what some of Fitzgerald’s revisions left behind in earlier drafts of the novel, the importance of water imagery in the book, and her experience retracing some of the author’s steps. In the second half, Stewart O’Nan discusses his latest novel West of Sunset, which fictionalizes the last chapter of Fitzgerald’s life, the Hollywood years. He talks about coming late to appreciate Fitzgerald himself, what kind of research was required to immerse himself in the world of Hollywood in the late 1930s, and how his experience writing narrative nonfiction helped create a world that served both history and his character.

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(Broadcast date: February 25, 2015)

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Novelists Maggie Shipstead and Lily King on Writers on Writing

Novelist Maggie Shipstead, author of Astonish Me, talks with Marrie Stone about the competitive world of ballet, MFA programs, and the importance of “place” in fiction.  In the second half, Lily King talks about her novel, Euphoria, how to fictionalize true stories, the endings of novels, and how to give strong characters profound weaknesses.

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[Note: The interview begins 1:13 minutes into the recording. Patience!]

(Broadcast date: January 14, 2015)

Tatjana Soli and lit agent Erin Harris on Writers on Writing

Tatjana Soli, author of The Last Good Paradisetalks to Nicole Nelson about the importance of setting in developing a novel, the art of revision, and the writing benefits of a good hike. Then Erin Harris, NYC agent with Folio Lit talks about what kind of work she represents, what catches her eye in a query, and what agents want to see in those all-important first pages.

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[Note: In the Harris interview, there are a couple of very brief phone line blips that resolve quickly.]

(Broadcast date: February 11, 2015)

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