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Title: Parker Genre: Young Adult Author: Stephanie Macneil Publisher: iUniverse EBook: 226 pages Release Date: November 20, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-47596-038-9

The secret came out a few years ago: Parker Knight is gay. Now Parker is sixteen, and everyone has either embraced it, does not care, or has forgotten—everyone except for Dylan Baker. He is determined to make Parker’s life miserable. Parker really thought killing himself would make everything better. If he was dead, he would not have to get kicked around by Dylan and his friends anymore. He would be free. Now, after a failed suicide... Read More

Our times are generating many more writers than demand can bear. This is due to better education, improved health and longevity, technology, inflated egos in the age of “me first,” and due to our eternal quest for immortality. This ambition to be a writer begins in our formative years and is inspired by our favourite writers. As a teenager, I was greatly influenced by Greene, Steinbeck and Hemingway; I dreamed of sending manuscripts out into the world where they would become best-sellers and make me a reclusive millionaire. I would hide out in some remote island and submit more manuscripts... Read More

Do you listen to music while writing? If so, what do you listen to?

Yes, I listen to soft rock.

Do you have any suggestions for upcoming writers?

Yes, write about what you know. You will come off as more credible in your writing if you do. Also, if you have a story, by all means share it. You never know who you might reach and help with your story. It may not be easy, but it is very important to do so.

What is it you like to do when you are not reading/writing?

I like to cook and create my own recipes, however, due to CFS I am not able to do it very often.

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Title: Identity Crisis

Genre: Detective Author: Jean Hackensmith Publisher: Inkwater Press Language: English Pages: 260

When rumors of how Dan Hamilton actually died reach the Cheyenne Chief of Police, Brian Koski is forced to resign his position as captain of the Sixth Precinct and go into business for himself as a private detective. His partner? A mahogany colored Belgian Malinois named Sinbad. A former NYPD police dog, Sinbad is vicious when need be and reliable to a fault–unless a train goes by or there’s a thunderstorm, then chances are he will turn tail and run.

Brian’s... Read More

I’m wondering if the time has come for us to classify the drug novel as a distinct sub-genre in fiction. In the absence of global wars (wars have gone local or regional these days) and other universal grist mills of human conflict, it seems that drug dependency has become a prevalent theme in our times, a state of being that many can identify with. All the ingredients for a gripping novel are here: premise, weapon...err...drug, hero, villain, and setting.

The Premise - The scientific-minded rationalize that we are made up of chemicals, and that sometimes we go out of balance, so we need... Read More

The indie writer has many dilemmas he or she must contend with like trying to visualize the perfect cover and then bringing that cover to fruition, making sure that his or her manuscript is properly edited and then formatted, as well as a myriad of other minute details before his or her book is ready to be published. By the time the “publish” button is actually pressed, there is nothing more appealing or alluring than the thought of kicking back, grabbing a cold brewskie, and savoring the sweet victory of becoming a published author and letting life get back to some semblance of normalcy after... Read More

When Meryl Ain’s mother died after a brief illness, she was bereft and wondered how she could go on living without the everyday presence of her mom in her life. She looked for an optimistic book about going beyond mourning but couldn’t find one and discussed this subject with friends and acquaintances who had also had losses, and found that there were a myriad of proactive ways others had embraced to keep the memories of their loved ones alive after they were gone. Meryl’s mother was a big proponent of always having a project, so she decided to make this her project – discovering how to go... Read More

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Shaun you're probably nearer the mark than most. "mmm...right right" spoken with contemplative "yawn" inflection when you join a writers' group or dare blurt out in front of established writers (any writers) you tend to scribble, usually sending all...

The Writer's Ego

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