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Recent Latina Books Inspired by Folklore and Mythology

by Margaret Kingsbury Writers use folklore in many ways. In the past, Latina writers like Isabel Allende and Laura Esquivel wove folklore into beautiful, magical realism landscapes. Their works are dreamy and nostalgic. Recent Latina writers–like Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Samanta Schweblin, Carmen Maria Machado, Anne-Marie McLemore, among others–use folklore and mythology in more subvervise...

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Words for Home

Short Fiction by Clint Monette There was a stream I used to go to with my little brother. He was always bigger than me, but he was still my kid brother. We would dip our toes in the cool water, but we’d never go in. Little creatures would swim past while we would sing the...

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From Reporter to Author and the High-Stakes Appeal of Crime Fiction: An Interview with Michael Connelly

by Alverne Ball New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly has been called the “Dostoyevsky of crime literature,” by Publisher’s weekly. Michael Connelly is known for his endearing, but strong series Detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch. His works include 22 Harry Bosch novels and 13 non-series novels along with an assortment of short stories and other media...

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Original Concepts

Last week launched a short series of articles looking at the most important ingredients in a story. The series began with an exploration of compelling characters. This week, it continues with a look at another key component; original concepts. Hardcover books typically cost $26.99 U.S., while trade paperback editions are as much as $16.99. When...

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Not Your Disney’s Cinderella

by Margaret Kingsbury No matter how many variations of “Cinderella” existed before Walt Disney’s film, every version after lay in its shadow, at least in the United States. The 1950 film saved the Walt Disney corporation from bankruptcy and became its highest grossing film at the time. And for good reason. With catchy songs, adorable...

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Refuge

Short Fiction by Lindy Greaves It’s dark. A deep embracing darkness that wraps my limbs into its folds. Outside the hollow tree the wind strops and lashes like a petulant child. Ice tendrils hang like fangs around the entrance and every so often a putter of snow wisps through in a grey chink of light....

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Compelling Characters

There are three core ingredients that take a work from average to exceptional: compelling characters, original concepts, excellent writing. A recent twitter poll with 725 votes ranked what mattered most in a book: new and unique ideas; quality of writing; timing of sub/pub; other. The poll is interesting and informative, although it lacks specific focus....