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How to use characters’ emotional frustration

A guest post by Scott Justin About a month ago, a young writer named Scott Justin sent me an email, offering a guest essay for Written Words. Here is his observation on a tool that writers can use to bring audiences into their stories and bond with the characters. What do you think? Leave a […]

Undrastormur: An independent book review

The best children’s books are those that also appeal to adults, and they do that by presenting characters with elements that readers of all ages can recognize in themselves. Undrastormur: A Viking Tale of Troublesome Trolls by Roger Eschbacher is one of those books. It continues the author’s oeuvre of middle-grade books based on ancient […]

Characters, crime & roses—A chat with Toby Neal

How can you get a copy of a Rough Road, a Sydney Rye Universe novella? Read this interview and find out. Toby Neal hit the best-seller lists five years ago with Blood Orchids, her first novel and the opening of the mystery fan favorite Lei Crime series. Now with over 20 titles on Amazon’s virtual […]

Dogs, travel and Kindle Worlds: An interview with author Emily Kimelman

The newest Kindle World, the Sydney Rye Universe, launched with new titles from seven authors, including me. This week I thought it would be great to give readers more insight into it through the creator of Sydney Rye, Blue, Mulberry and Bobby Maxim: Emily Kimelman. Emily Kimelman was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of a correspondent […]

Limited time offer: Army of Worn Soles is Free

You may notice something new on the top of the right-hand column. That’s right—for a limited time, you can get a free Kindle-format copy of Army of Worn Soles just for subscribing to my newsletter, Forewords. Army of Worn Soles is Book 1 in the Walking Out of War series, and the predecessor to Under […]

Sydney Rye Kindle World Week: Fatal Interest by Julie Gilbert

Day 5 of Sydney Rye Kindle World Week I’m very excited to be a part of the launch of the Sydney Rye Kindle World has  launched. As an extended St. Paddy’s Day present from me to you, valued readers, Written Words presents excerpts from each of the seven novellas in the project. In today’s installment from Fatal Interest, Julie Gilbert takes […]