‘Spanish Crossings’ and How It All Started with a Sentence

While we’re on the subjects of interviews, read my Q&A with author and writing coach John Simmons about his latest  novel Spanish Crossings. The interview ran in writer’s group 26’s April e-letter. The novel is split into three chronological parts –  before, during and after the Spanish Civil War. John discusses historical novel writing, character and plot. And how…

Llama Sutra – A Book to Devour

Melanie Whipman’s debut collection of short stories is a tour de force. Read Llama Sutra  in one go or bite off a delicious morsel one sitting at a time. But beware. Whipman’s fast-paced, dark, powerful stories full of twisty turns and tense moments will lure you in until The End. I read it in one go. I…

Friends on the Shelf

Apparently, there are a lot more books out there written by men than women. The owner of a bookstore in Cleveland was so incensed by the gender divide  that she turned around all the books in her shop written by men. Here’s the article and above is the evidence, a virtual white-out. Funny,  because if you…