Fresh Pressed Posts2018-02-01T15:19:22+00:00

They called her Lew

William Lewen’s father might be a respected doctor on the island of Barbados, but he’s controlled her life from the beginning. The youngest of five daughters, her father was so angry she wasn’t a son, he gave her a boy’s name anyway. Now that Lew’s older sisters have married, and her mother passed, she’s forbidden from marrying in order to take care of her father. But trouble at home is only an echo of [...]

By |November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Beth Olsson|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

Hidden Gems of Indiepublishing

Every now and then I come across articles that help readers recognize "the signs" that a book is self-published/independently published, so that they don't "waste" their time on badly written books by amateur authors. Like recognizing the soft spots on a bad apple. And yes, that used to be a prevalent line of thought, and in some circles still is. Fortunately for those of us who enjoy quality writing and heartfelt stories, self-publishing/independent publishers are no [...]

By |October 25th, 2018|Categories: Austin Ryan|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Writing Places

Where do we write? Settings are important to stories. I talked about different story settings I would love to live in here. I believe that settings are also important to writers because the right atmosphere helps us create the stories that entertain and touch our readers. I thought I would highlight a few places that I'd like to (and sometimes do) write in. Coffee Shop Cliché I know, but there is something about the [...]

My Switch to Clean Romance

I don’t consider myself a deep, philosophical person. I enjoy watching movies from the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe … comics), I never buy serious birthday cards for people, and I laugh when people fart. That’s just who I am. When I write, my stories reflect that. I’m not trying to make a statement or present some grand, universal theme in my books, I just want to write something that entertains people. I want them [...]

Does that make sense?

What is your least favorite month? How about season? I love living in a place with four distinct seasons. We’re talking negative temperatures and incredible ice storms in the winter, and triple digit, steam sauna summers. But personally, I’d be okay if winter ended December 26th. That’s why October is one of my favorite months. It’s a lovely and gentle transition from flipflops, cicadas, and suntans, to goose bumps, gray skies, shortened days. As [...]

By |October 5th, 2018|Categories: Beth Olsson|Tags: , , , , |7 Comments

Life Imitating Art

“Writing is easy. Just sit down and open a vein.” ~Red Barber Have you ever heard this quote? It’s one of my favorites because it rings so true. When I sit down in front of my computer or I’m jotting notes by hand, one of the first things I do is ‘get into the skin’ of my character and it is sort of like an imaginary blood transfusion between me and this fictional-but-oh-so-real person. [...]