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Something exciting and engaging: Dharma Kelleher

By Roz DeKett 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By Roz DeKett Five unpublished novels in, Phaedra Patrick was beginning to wonder whether she’d ever achieve her childhood ambition of writing for a living.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 DeKett “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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It’s about telling a good story: Maha Gargash

By Roz DeKett 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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Writing is about revision: the wisdom of Hallie Ephron

By Roz DeKett The battle with the draft seems never-ending. There’s nothing quite like taking a preliminary 70,000 words, pulling it apart and throwing out what doesn’t work, and realizing you only have 16,000 words  you can live with. For … Continue reading

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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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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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