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I continue to be shocked by the number of people who tell me that (a) they want to be professional novelists and (b) they don’t read many novels.

I don’t know what to say to these people. Reading is a significant part of this job (and I’m not talking about one book per year).

I thought that was understood.

Studying film and tv shows is also extremely important, especially when it comes to studying story structure. Reading novels, across genre, allows us to study both structure and line-by-line writing.

How many books do you read (or listen to) a year? If you increased that number, how would your understanding of your craft improve?

 

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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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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