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.
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
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
Here’s a lovely review of Empire’s Daughter, on The Writing Alien’s new blog on writing and writers. https://thewritingalien.com/this-months-featured/ “…a knack for world-building that I have found in very few others.”
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
Five thousand kilometers away from where I currently am, a book is being launched this afternoon. I didn’t conceive of this book, or write it, but I have a lot invested in it, and I’m sorry to be missing the launch. A Gap in the Fence, by Kate Anderson-Bernier, is the first book other than … More Launching a Book – and an Idea.
This is a reblog of a post I wrote some time ago, but in honour of LGBT History month here in the UK, which is where I am living until the end of March, I’m reposting it. Lena’s World: Sexuality in the Empire: Empire’s Legacy Backgrounder IV In Lena’s world, the world of the Empire, sexuality is varied … More LGBT history and the Empire’s Legacy Series
I’ve got the first draft of the first third of Empire’s Exile written. … More Empire’s Exile milestone 1
Bedtime Stories is made up of fiction and nonfiction stories and some of ’em are about my criminal youth. I must tell you, I never thought any of these stories would see the light of day. … More “Granny” from Bedtime Stories for Grownups by Andrew Joyce
Can there be any worse nightmare for a writer than having your laptop die? … More A Writer’s Nightmare