3 Reasons Why Real Life is Just as Interesting as Fiction

No, really. Sure, embarking on a land that exists completely in the writer’s head can be great. Fantasy worlds and people. Made up lands and problems. Fiction does a great job of reflecting the times, but nonfiction is where the authentic experience lies.

The imagination is ripe with creativity. But I have found, that the lives of real people— the memoirs and biographies and interviews and journalistic pieces— are just as fascinating. Sometimes more. Why? Because real life has just as many twists and turns as a good fiction piece. Here are a few reasons nonfiction is just as good as fiction: Continue reading

Happy 90th Anniversary to The Great Gatsby

 

BOOKS1Gatsby is, and will always be, my favorite classic. Actually, The Great Gatsby is probably my favorite book of all time. Today, along with Simon & Schuster, we celebrate it’s 90th anniversary.

So what exactly makes Gatsby so great? Here are The Top 3 reasons Jay, Daisy, and Nick Carraway capture generation after generation: Continue reading

Day 5’s prompt for National Poetry Month: An Aubade

If you are participating in National Poetry Month, NaPoWriMo‘s website is a great resource. Each day they feature a site, some helpful tools, and a writing prompt that you can choose to use… or not. Completely up to you. Yesterday’s prompt was to write an aubade, a morning poem, related to the Monday woes. I decided to share a famous aubade and also share that which I wrote for this prompt. Continue reading

Review Fridays #13- Two for the Heart

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A little about the stories

Author: Ekta R. Garg

“The Proposal”: Pooja and Akshay don’t want to bother with relationships, but they get cornered into marriage. The two devise a fool-proof plan: get married, then get their divorce papers ready. But will they have the guts to go through with the break up?

“Remembrance”: Helen wakes up in the hospital, but she has no idea how she got there. Everyone dodges the question…and then the sister she hasn’t spoken to in 11 years arrives. Why is she here? And will Helen ever remember what happened? Continue reading

Obama Appoints James Patterson ‘Book Czar’ (Originally published on Shelf Awareness)

Ladies and Gentlemen! THE USA HAS A BOOK CZAR!!!

This information was originally published on Shelf Awareness, yesterday, April 1st. I do not own any rights to this information. I am simply sharing because this is enormous news to publishers and indie bookstores everywhere. Continue reading

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The Haiku: National Poetry Month- Day 2

It’s Day 2 of National Poetry Month! Today, I thought I’d spotlight one of my favorite kinds of poems: the haiku.

What is a haiku?

The haiku is a Japanese poem that consists of 3 lines and 17 syllables. The first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7, and the third line has 5. Traditional Haiku poems are generally about nature, but can always include a metaphor to a larger theme. Continue reading

Review Fridays #12- What Comes Next and How To Like It

What comes next coverAuthor: Abigail Thomas

This New York Times best-selling author gives a witty, honest, hopeful memoir on matters of the heart. From the loss of her husband to changes in her relationship with her best friend to her daughter’s illness and the death of her beloved dog, Thomas covers it all. Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Flannery O’Connor!

Southern writer and essayist, Flannery O’Connor was born March 25, 1925. She’s considered one of the best short story writers of the 20th century, and she’s known for her unapologetic opinions. Her short stories have been studied in college classrooms for years. A southern writer, O’Connor’s settings are often in the rural south of which she is most familiar since she grew up in Georgia. Continue reading