The cover of Flaca, by Leslie DJ
Book Excerpt

Book excerpt: Flaca by Leslie DJ

I've mentioned on this blog before that it's usually fiction that draws me in. If a non-fiction book is going to catch my attention, it generally has to have a pretty strong story-line to it—something heartfelt, gripping, and full of character. Or, you know, be about writing. Based on its summary and today's excerpt, Leslie… Continue reading Book excerpt: Flaca by Leslie DJ

A copy of The View from the Cheap Seats, by Neil Gaiman, alongside a notebook, marker and highlighter.
Book Recommendation

Book recommendation: The View from the Cheap Seats: Select Nonfiction, by Neil Gaiman

No matter what profession you're in, people are going to tell you what books you have to read—to get ahead, to better understand what you're doing, or just to get a laugh only you and others like you will understand. Writing is no exception. I've talked before about a few books I think every writer… Continue reading Book recommendation: The View from the Cheap Seats: Select Nonfiction, by Neil Gaiman

Book Excerpt

Book excerpt: Once Upon a Time Bitches, by Branden LaNette

So, I have a disclaimer to make before w get too far into today's book excerpt: Generally speaking, the personal development books I read tend to focus on writing or creativity. It's pretty rare that I pick one up outside of one of those topics. Once Upon a Time Bitches, though, by Branden LaNette, caught… Continue reading Book excerpt: Once Upon a Time Bitches, by Branden LaNette

An e-book copy of Strange Blood, edited by Vanessa Morgan, beside a bowl of popcorn.
Book Recommendation

Book recommendation: Strange Blood, edited by Vanessa Morgan

Here's the first interesting tidbit I want to share about Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies, edited by Vanessa Morgan: it's a book filled with essays about horror movies. So I realize that some people may find it odd that I read it, since I've mentioned before that I'm not really… Continue reading Book recommendation: Strange Blood, edited by Vanessa Morgan

Q&As

A Q&A with Vanessa Morgan, editor of Strange Blood

If you're no stranger to my blog, then you may remember when I helped reveal the cover of Strange Blood, an anthology of essays on vampire movies, edited by Vanessa Morgan. I've also had Vanessa on the blog before, to talk to her a bit about one of her novels, Clowders. I'm happy to have… Continue reading A Q&A with Vanessa Morgan, editor of Strange Blood