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George R. R. Martin: Writing is a Journey

“People think that [fantasy] is entertainment for children or particularly slow adults.” 

– George R. R. Martin –

Truer words were never spoken.  Yes, the genre is vastly entertaining (to read and write), but too often critics cast it aside without realizing that in the right hands, fantasy can – and does – tackle some of society’s toughest issues.  By the unenlightened few, a fantasy writer is also dismissed as flakey or in the very least, something less than a serious author.

In this thoughtful and intelligent interview, George R. R. Martin neatly disposes of both stereotypes. He speaks with George Stroumboulopoulos about the journey that is writing.

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Valerie Francis

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

Well, you’re not going to believe this. Reece Witherspoon and I picked the same book for our February book clubs. Sort of.  Late last year, I came across THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict and was fascinated by the premise. Benedict writes historical fiction, much like Philippa Gregory,

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Valerie Francis

A Girl Named Howard

This month, rather than recommend one book to read, I’m recommending the entire body of work of one author because Anne Rice, who passed away December 11, 2021, single-handedly revolutionized the role of vampires in literature.  Yes, vampires.  And the impact she’s had is more significant than you might realize.

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The Christmas Bookshop

If you’ve had it up to your eyes with holiday preparations and are looking for a light-hearted story to escape into, The Christmas Bookshop, by Jenny Colgan, might be just the ticket. The title is a bit misleading, in my opinion. Yes, there’s a bookstore. Yes, the plot unfolds in

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