Story Symbolism: A Sound of Thunder

What is the message of  ” A Sound of Thunder” ? Human action and the effects through time—that’s what perplexed Ray Bradbury, and what he sought to examine in his short story “A Sound of Thunder.” First published in Collier’s magazine in 1952, this short story eventually made it into Bradbury’s collection The Golden Apples of the Sun the following

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Interview with Author C. Lee McKenzie

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Middle Grade and Young Adult author C. Lee McKenzie! Her series, The Adventures of Pete and Weasel, follow two best friends as they cast spells, solve mysteries, and travel through time!  Join us as we talk about what it takes to write great stories for young people, how to prepare for the

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Book Talk: The Nest

Overview What happens when four full-grown siblings have to share an inheritance? That’s the question Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney asked and answered in The Nest. This 368-page book was published in 2016 by Ecco, and has received much praise since then. It’s even a New York Times bestseller. And yet, the Goodreads rating for it is a 3.48, which isn’t terrible at all,

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Virtual World Contest Winners!

Hello fellow writers and story enthusiasts! We’re happy to announce the winners of last month’s writing contest! We had a lot of great entries, but we can choose only three to feature. We picked our favorites based on how well they followed the prompt, originality, and composition. Check out the original writing prompt and the winning entries below! Prompt: Everyone

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Twister Fiction Contest Winners!

It’s time to announce the winners of last month’s writing challenge! We had so many creative contest entries that it was difficult to choose! We picked three that stood out to us for their style, pacing, and use of the creative use of the prompt writing prompt. They made us want to read more! Check out the winning entries and

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Author Interview with A. Lawati

This week we had the pleasure of talking with A. Lawati, author of the whimsical book about Gul (an afghan tortoise) and his friends titled, The Greatest Race. While he has always been a story teller, he only started his writing career recently with some inspiration from his wife. Check out what Lawati has to say about how he was

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Author Interview with Tony Nesca

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Tony Nesca, author of the short story collection, Junkyard Lucy and founder of Screamin’ Skull Press. Tony is a fearless writer who is always exploring new styles and new themes. Check out what he has to say about breaking the mold and finding your own voice. When did you first know that

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Author Interview with Rhys Bowen

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing New York Times bestselling Author Rhys Bowen! Her historical mysteries have been nominated for several awards including the Left Coast Crime Lefty Award and the Malice Domestic Agatha Award for Best Historical Mystery Novel. Her new novel about a woman uncovering the mysteries of her father’s past, The Tuscan Child, comes out

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Author Interview with Alexander Zoltai

 This week we had the chance to talk with a fellow, writer, blogger, and author interviewer, Alexander M Zoltai! Alexander is the author of several short stories and the novel, Notes from An Alien. He is also the creator of a blog filled with helpful information about reading, writing, and publishing.  Today I think we’ll start out by asking the question

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Endless Beautiful Arcade Contest Winners!

It’s time to announce the winners of last month’s contest! We once again had the privilege of partnering with our friends from Endless Beautiful, whose podcasts and workshops have inspired writers, artists, and creatives of all kinds by using sounds recorded from everyday life. Last month, we put together  a contest based on their session titled Arcade. We asked contestants

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Author Interview with Elizabeth Foster

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing YA fantasy Elizabeth Foster, aka “Dizzy Lizzy”! A daydreamer and avid reader, she recently published her debut novel, Esme’s Wish, which follows Esme as she searches for clues to her mother’s disappearance in the magical island world of Esperance. Join us as we talk about writing, publishing, and world building! What made

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Author Interview with J.E. Klimov

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing YA Fantasy author J.E. Klimov! Her debut novel, The Aeonians, follows Princess Isabel Deran as she seeks to regain her royal amulet and keep her kingdom safe from Bence Brechenhad, the leader of the swarming Aeonian army that has infested the land. Join us as we talk Fantasy, character building, and the ins

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