Category Archives: Fiction

Something exciting and engaging: Dharma Kelleher

By Roz Kay A quote from the great American novelist Toni Morrison circulates often on the internet, at least among writers: “If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write … Continue reading

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A little bit of whimsy: Phaedra Patrick

By Roz Kay Five unpublished novels in, Phaedra Patrick was beginning to wonder whether she’d ever achieve her childhood ambition of writing for a living. Then one day she showed her son, now ten, her charm bracelet and tried to … Continue reading

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Stories have shaped our lives: Rolonda Watts

By Roz Kay “I’ve seen the power of stories and how they change people’s lives,” Rolonda Watts says. “I think that stories are the most powerful thing about human experience. It’s the only thing that we as human beings really … Continue reading

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Sometimes you need to do something different: Kate Ellis

By Roz Kay Kate Ellis is nothing if not prolific. The House of Eyes, just published, is the twentieth novel in her Wesley Peterson series of crime novels set in the South West of England. She has five crime novels … Continue reading

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It’s about telling a good story: Maha Gargash

By Roz Kay As Maha Gargash notes herself, few books come out of the United Arab Emirates that are written by and about Emiratis. So her second novel, That Other Me, is a rare gem in more ways than one. … Continue reading

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A different kind of book each time: Lisa Lutz

By Roz Kay “This book is a blueprint for what I would do if I were running from the law,” Lisa Lutz says. The Passenger is Lisa’s ninth book, a  crime thriller published on March 1, 2016 by Simon & … Continue reading

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It’s got to be relatable and real: Lucy Holliday

By Roz Kay Lucy Holliday has three books coming out in the space of a year, and they all rest on Hollywood icons. But far from being biographies of her chosen three (Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Grace Kelly) they … Continue reading

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We’ve all got a book in us: Elizabeth Jackson

By Roz Kay Elizabeth Jackson’s second novel, Kicking Over The Traces, takes the reader through a dramatic year in the life of her gypsy heroine, Florence. When her mother dies, leaving Florence nothing but a red coat, she gives up … Continue reading

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Seeing the heart of the story: Melissa DeCarlo

By Roz Kay 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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Exploding the Emily Dickinson myth: Nuala O’Connor

By Roz Kay Nuala O’Connor’s third novel, Miss Emily, alternates perspectives between the American 19th century poet Emily Dickinson and a fictional Irish maid, Ada Concannon. “I wanted to explode the myth about Emily being the complete recluse,” Nuala O’Connor … Continue reading

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