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 such as his new podcast,...

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 the hours involved in writing...

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 mice, and a sassier princess...

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. An earthy musty mouldering smell,...

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. Is it about the quality...

Columbus Pride Festival: Then vs. Now, In vs. Out of the Closet

Columbus Pride Festival: Then vs. Now, In vs. Out of the Closet

by Laila Winters Content Warning: homophobia, queer slurs, religion, abortion Despite the rain and the ominous clouds overhead, an explosion of color poured into the streets of downtown Columbus on June 15th, 2019. In a celebration echoed across the world during the month of June, more than 500,000 people marched between Columbus’ towering skyscrapers in attendance of Ohio’s annual Pride...

#BrownExcellence – Trapline by Snotty Nose Rez Kids

“Trapline” is an audio proclamation of Indigenous revolutionary teachings. It’s about being proud while jamming out and telling the world we’re reclaiming everything we are. Snotty Nosed Rez Kids’ (SNRK) third album opens with a skit “Wa’wais”: an in-depth cultural explanation and teaching about respect and connection to the land. It gives listeners just a brief glimpse into the complexity...

Envisioned Writing

Envisioned writing refers to writing based on mentally playing out scenes. Before setting pen to paper, or pressing the keys, the writer thinks through the entire scene and imagines it. Perhaps you fantasized as a child about delivering a smart comeback to a bully, thought about what it would be like to kiss the boy or girl of your dreams,...