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My Writing Life

My Writing Life

My Writing Life: EWP Literary Fiction Winner, Nora Decter

How Far We Go and How Fast by Nora Decter, won this year's Emerging Writer Prize for Literary Fiction. We talk about books, music and what inspires her.

My Writing Life

My Writing Life: EWP Romance Winner, Julie Evelyn Joyce

Steeped in Love, a self-published book by Julie Evelyn Joyce won this year’s Emerging Writer Prize for Romance. Get to know Julie and her writing style.

My Writing Life

My Writing Life: EWP Nonfiction Winner, Kate Harris

Lands of Lost Borders, a modern-day travelogue by Kate Harris, won this year's Emerging Writer Prize for Nonfiction. We asked Kate about her writing life.

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Romance writer Stacy Finz and her happily-ever-after

For nearly thirty years I was a newspaper reporter, covering some of the worst crimes and disasters in recent California history. The stories almost always ended badly and a daily dose of writing about violence, death, terror, and tragedy took its toll. Then there was the issue...

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Writing the better version of what you know

Write what you know was the first piece of ‘writer advice’ I found when I was first starting out. And I kind of threw it away when I started telling stories. Or I thought I did. One of my first paid fiction pieces was a story for...

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Modern love and the case of 36 questions

Around two years ago, I read a Modern Love column in The New York Times about a psychological study from the 1990s called “The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness.” It’s a long, boring title hiding a fascinating idea: could there be a way to artificially create intimacy...

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Remembering Sue Grafton

The author Sue Grafton was born to write, it seems, and was perilously close to toiling in obscurity. She had been writing novels and screenplays for more than a decade before it all clicked. She hit the jackpot when she invented tough-talking Kinsey Millhone, who solves crimes...

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The Kobo Emerging Writer Prize – One year later

I was lying on my sofa one evening in April 2016 when I checked my inbox and learned that I was shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in Romance for Fury’s Kiss. By that point, I had forgotten that I had even entered, so I jumped...

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Four creative ways to track your reading

Have you ever stood in a bookstore or the library, reading the back of a book, thinking it sounds familiar, but being unable to remember whether you’ve read it or not? Or have you bought a paperback and come home to discover that you already own it...

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