Banned Book Week

This week is Banned Book Week. The American Library Association (ALA) keeps a record of books that have been banned, burned, or otherwise discriminated against. Most of the time, it seems these books challenge the current culture, have strong religious undertones, or are explicit sexually, violently, or in language, especially racially.  Many books have made … Continue reading Banned Book Week

In the Shadow of Denali by Peterson & Woodhouse – A Book Review

In the Shadow of Denali by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse is an historical, inspirational novel set in Alaska during the early 1900s. It follows Allan Brennan on his quest to find the truth about what happened to his father on Denali. Believing the expert guide, John Ivanoff, to be at fault for his father's … Continue reading In the Shadow of Denali by Peterson & Woodhouse – A Book Review

A Review: The Cottage by Michael Phillips

The Cottage, a novel by Michael Phillips, is the second book in his Secrets of the Shetlands series. The story follows Allonnah "Loni" Ford in her discovery of her past, her identity, and her future.Having received a letter that a distant relative passed away, leaving her a cottage, Loni decides she must see it for herself … Continue reading A Review: The Cottage by Michael Phillips

Story Types: The Novel

Two weeks ago, we began a discussion on story lengths. This came from a question I have been asked of late: what types of story types are there? This is a more complex answer than it may appear. On the surface, we have two types of stories: the novel and the short story. We began … Continue reading Story Types: The Novel

Story Types: Novellas

Last week, we began a discussion on story lengths. This came from a question I have been asked of late: what types of story are there? This is a more complex answer than it may appear.On the surface, we have two types of stories: the novel and the short story. Last week, we began with … Continue reading Story Types: Novellas

So You Want to Write…

So you want to write. Where do you start? Here are two tips to get you going.   First, read. Especially read in the type of genre in which you want to write. Read well-written materials. Read the classics. Read what you enjoy. Branch out and read a book you don't think you'd like. Read. … Continue reading So You Want to Write…

Mystery, Suspense, and their Definitions

The past few weeks, I've been doing research on genres. Specifically the difference between mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. All of these are often found under the greater umbrella of crime fiction, but lately, mysteries have come to stand on their own. Thrillers can also be tied to horror and suspense is often left in the … Continue reading Mystery, Suspense, and their Definitions