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:
Romance novelist Jane Porter (with too many novels to mention) and Andrea Portes, author of Bury This, talk about the art and craft–and business–of writing fiction.
(Broadcast date: March 26, 2014)
Jill Amadio, author of Digging Too Deep, and Sheila Lowe, handwriting analyst and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Handwriting Analysis and What She Saw, talk about their novels and nonfiction, writing suspense, and the mystery and suspense genre.
(Broadcast date: Weds., April 26, 2014)
Nicole Nelson talks to Stacey D’Erasmo, author of Wonderland, about doing research touring with an indie rock band, writing sex scenes, and the importance of working past perfectionism.
In the second half of the show, Jenny Offill, author of Dept. of Speculation, talks about experimenting with structure, finding authenticity in your storytelling, and why she resists Twitter.
(Broadcast date: May 28, 2014)
Marrie Stone chats with Alice LaPlante, author of Circle of Wives, about the power of the unreliable narrator, knowing when to abandon projects that don’t work, where story inspirations come from, and much more.
In the second half, novelist Zachary Lazar talks about his latest novel, I Pity the Poor Immigrant, writing about foreign places and times, and the power of juxtaposing unlikely people and things to create compelling stories, and more.
(Broadcast date: May 21, 2014)
This morning I remembered something my friend and colleague Neal Shusterman, who writes YA novels and does quite well at it, said some years back. It was either when we were in Fictionaires together (an Orange County-based writing group where I also got to know T. Jefferson Parker, Elizabeth George, Jo-Ann Mapson, Maureen Taylor Smith, and Don Stanwood), or during an interview when he was on Writers on Writing, or for an article I wrote for Poets & Writers, but he said rather than writing a number of words or pages during any given day, he had a number he had to reach for the week. So if one day he wrote one, and another day, two, the next day he might write eight, to make up for not writing much previous days. Lately I’ve been doing just that.
For me, the number per day, five days a week, is four pages. So every week, I need to write 20 pages of the novel I started a little more than two months ago. I’m up to page 200. I’m aiming for 240.
If you’re having trouble with a certain number of words or pages a day, give this a try. A certain number every week offers a certain flexibility and latitude that works for writers like me, and maybe
Literary agent Colleen Mohyde, with the Doe Coover Agency in Boston, and novelist Ivy Pachoda, author of Visitation Street join Barbara DeMarco-Barrett for a conversation about books, publishing, and more.
(Broadcast date: May 14, 2014)