An Escape to Italy with Donna Leon

What author do you turn to for predictability? For a story that’s not too unlike one the author wrote previously? Perhaps, it’s a fantasy series set in a particular world (a la George R.R. Martin) or a mystery series featuring the same protagonist (a la Agatha Christie). It might even be a literary author whose…

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Inspiring Words on Writing: Tim Gautreaux

People own the territory they are born into. That’s the richest ore writers can mine…. Get in touch with where you’re from, even if it’s a subdivision in Kenner, Louisiana, that is your literary heritage. If you look at it closely enough, you’ll see that it is as exotic and unique as some Central or South American culture in the mountains.

–Tim Gautreaux

My Absolute Favorite Fiction Podcast

One favorite resource that helps me learn more about writing fiction writing is the The New Yorker Fiction Podcast. It’s a free subscription that you can find by searching on “New Yorker: Fiction” in iTunes. You can also access them through The New Yorker website. I love it. Every month Deborah Treisman, the magazine’s fiction editor,…

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