Monthly Archives: September 2015

Seeing the heart of the story: Melissa DeCarlo

By Roz DeKett Call it a seven-year itch of sorts. Because seven years after Melissa DeCarlo stopped writing (“I got frustrated … it was almost like I was resentful toward it”) she started again, and the result is her first published novel, … Continue reading

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Developing dramatic tensions through fiction: Kim van Alkemade

By Roz DeKett If she hadn’t stumbled on a handwritten note in the minutes of a long-forgotten committee meeting, Kim van Alkemade might not have given us her powerful debut novel. Orphan #8, inspired by life in an orphanage for Jewish … Continue reading

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