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Stephen King: On Writing

When I heard that Stephen King had published a book about the art and craft of writing, I had to read it … call it morbid curiosity.  Feel free to debate the merits of mainstream fiction v. literature if you like, but you can’t deny that someone who has published as much as this guy must know a thing or two about the business of writing and publishing.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is part biography, part tips for aspiring writers.  I was thrilled to learn that he impaled  rejection slips on a nail and tossed an incomplete first draft of “Carrie” into the trash.  Misery (as it were), loves company.   I was even more delighted when he advocated that to be a writer, you have to read.  Here’s a clip of Stephen King giving advice to aspiring writers – makes me laugh every time I see it.

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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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