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

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

By Roz DeKett 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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The kind of stories that bring us together: Dorothea Benton Frank

By Roz DeKett “I think we’re all kind of in the same boat,” says Dorothea Benton Frank. She’s talking with me about her readers and her new novel, All the Single Ladies, published in June by William Morrow. “We’re dealing … Continue reading

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Writing from a deeper place: Ellen Sussman

By Roz DeKett As Ellen Sussman’s second “French” novel, A Wedding in Provence, comes out in paperback, we talked about the attraction of France as the setting for two of her four published novels. “I knew that I wanted to … Continue reading

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A different kind of writing blog: Roz DeKett

Hello, and welcome to my blog. It’s mostly conversations with writers: authors, poets, and playwrights. I sometimes include “guest posts” from writers on the publication of their books, and I maintain a list of writing contests and share writing tips. My debut Middle Grade novel … Continue reading

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Walking down a different aisle: Lisa Francesca

By Roz DeKett When you pick up Lisa Francesca’s little powder-blue book, The Wedding Officiant’s Guide, How to Write & Conduct a Perfect Ceremony, it seems obvious what it is. And while it is indeed a handbook for those of … Continue reading

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