A Delightful Evening with Two Great Guys Who Happen to Be Terrific Writers

Writing a novel is, by definition, a lonely avocation. It's just you and your computer--or just you and that legal pad. Thus any opportunity to hang out with a fellow writer is a welcome opportunity--but sometimes it can be a truly delightful opportunity. And that's what I experienced last Monday ...

God or Huck Finn: Who Should Tell Your Story?

An online discussion among several of my fellow Poisoned Pen Press authors got me thinking about the one decision every fiction author must make before typing CHAPTER 1 at the top of the page. That decision? Who will tell your story? "Huh," a baffled reader may wonder, "doesn't the author tell ...

Meet Me in St. Louis: Toasted Ravioli, Hoosiers, and High School

If asked to name the key elements of their favorite novel, most readers would place at the top of their list vivid characters and an engaging plot. But when we think of our favorite novels, another vital element is the strong sense of place. Whether it's Huck Finn's Mississippi River ...

From the Odyssey to the Unforgiven

Critics have long debated whether the correct number is six or nine or eleven, but they do agree that all literature--no matter the genre--can be reduced to less than 12 basic story lines. Whether you label Homer's The Odyssey a quest story, a revenge tale, a picaresque adventure, or an astounding melange ...