Hearing the Muse

Hearing the Muse

By Anne Leigh Parrish Americans are practical people. We think about profit and loss, success and failure, maximizing our utility, avoiding diminished returns. We’re healthy Capitalists. We live for the business model of constant, steady growth. We seek profits at...
The Deep Dark Places Where Ideas Lie

The Deep Dark Places Where Ideas Lie

By Cate Holahan Where do you get your ideas? The question is a favorite at mystery conferences and most novelists—myself included—cobble together an answer about an overheard anecdote, news story, or image that served as the genesis for a recent book. But the answers...
Yoga, Writing, and Persevering Practice

Yoga, Writing, and Persevering Practice

By Tracy Weber If you were to ask novelists why they write, most would readily assert that it’s not for the money. The writers I know would become significantly richer steaming lattes. Penning a novel is a work of love, or in my case, a work of loves. A Fatal Twist,...
How I Almost Bumped Into the Kirkus Star

How I Almost Bumped Into the Kirkus Star

By Daniel Babka Approximately 305,000 books were published in America during 2014. Mine was one of them. Roughly 40 indie books a month (001% of the total) found their way onto the pages of Kirkus Reviews Magazine, the industry publication circulated to publishers,...