Book Review: Dear Comrade Novák, by Silvia Hildebrandt, with an introduction by the author.

I asked Silvia Hildebrandt to write an introductory piece to Dear Comrade Novak, her second novel, published in 2018. In it, she explains how she came to write the book, and its effect on her personal identity. We fled Romania for Germany in 1990, after the revolution and the civil war between Hungarians and Romanians. … More Book Review: Dear Comrade Novák, by Silvia Hildebrandt, with an introduction by the author.

Of Dreams and Thorns, by J.C. Salazar: an interview and review

J.C Salazar, the author of Of Dreams and Thorns, grew up as the child of immigrant parents in Houston, Texas. With a B.A. in English, a MS in Linguistics and another MA in Literature, plus some  doctoral courses in English, Salazar values language and writing. Of Dreams and Thorns is his first novel. He is … More Of Dreams and Thorns, by J.C. Salazar: an interview and review

Harvested: How will AI determine our future? a guest post by Anthony O’Brien

I believe it’s the work of an author that is of interest, rather than the author, for it holds the key to the inner workings of one’s mind. My latest novel Harvested is a dystopian sci-fi that reflects my inner fears. I guess the first question anyone would ask is why I wrote such a … More Harvested: How will AI determine our future? a guest post by Anthony O’Brien

What can writers learn from visual artists? World-building and the Elements of Design, part 1

  A random interaction on Twitter earlier this year began me thinking about how the elements and principles of design can be linked to writing. I’m trained in design, both for graphic art and landscape design, so the concepts were known to me. But I’d never thought about applying them to writing. In this first … More What can writers learn from visual artists? World-building and the Elements of Design, part 1

Storytellers, by Bjørn Larssen: A Release-Day Review

Set against Iceland’s harsh but beautiful landscape in the late 19th and  early 20th century, Bjørn Larssen’s debut novel Storytellers explores the multi-generational effect of the evasions, embellishments and outright lies told in a small village. The book begins slowly, almost lyrically, pulling the reader into what seems like situation borrowed from folktale: a reclusive blacksmith, Gunnar, … More Storytellers, by Bjørn Larssen: A Release-Day Review

The Elves of Iceland

    Today’s post is by author Bjørn Larssen, author of the wonderful Storytellers, set in Iceland. I’m about half-way through the book, and I’ll be posting my review soon, but until then, here’s Bjørn with some background on the setting and genesis of the novel. (Storytellers on Amazon.com:  https://amzn.to/2OgxUiW) The Elves of Iceland I started working … More The Elves of Iceland

Worldbuilding: The Role of Small Details

I was reading Madeleine Bunting’s thoughtful, thought-provoking travel memoir, A Hebridean Journey, earlier today. I’m reading it for two reasons: because I love books that look at landscape and their meanings, and, for setting and cultural research for my work-in-progress. One chapter is on the island known as Lewis and Harris, and the famous, beautiful … More Worldbuilding: The Role of Small Details

Crystal and Flint: Book 1 of the Journey Missions, by Holly Ash: A mini-review

A fast-paced sci-fi adventure with competitive, clashing female leads. The story is well-crafted and delivers all the tension expected of this genre, moving both the main plot and subplots along nicely to the explosive climax and a denouement that leads into the next book in the series So why not five stars? The setting is … More Crystal and Flint: Book 1 of the Journey Missions, by Holly Ash: A mini-review