‘Child of Love and Water’: Six Questions for D.K. Marley [INTERVIEW]

D.K. Marley

Discover what inspired D.K. Marley to travel nearly 300 years into the past to tell her new story, Child of Love and Water. (Photo courtesy D.K. Marley, Facebook)

The origins of stories are as varied as the writers who record them. For historical novelist D.K. Marley, when it came to her latest book, Child of Love and Water, she had only to look toward a very special place that had been whispering its secrets to her for years. How she retells its tale is something very unique. We hope you enjoy this introduction to Marley and her work.—J&H Read more of this post

‘An Equal Justice’: Six Questions for Chad Zunker [INTERVIEW]

Chad Zunker

Author Chad Zunker is passionate about thwarting homelessness. (Photo courtesy the author)

When we first read Chad Zunker’s An Equal Justice, we were blown away by his knack for delving deep into his characters lives even as he built pulse-pounding suspense. Most of all, however, we were impressed by the phenomenal job he does of laying his heart on the line and exposing the very things that matter most to him, including the growing plight of the homeless in Texas. That’s why we were delighted to get the chance to sit down with him and find out more about his work, on the page and behind the scenes. We hope you enjoy this insightful interview! —J&H Read more of this post

‘Becoming Superman’ Requires Facing Off With Real Life Villains [REVIEW]

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Comic books taught J. Michael Straczynski to triumph over adversity. (Photo by Mark Grambau, Flickr)

Through his writing, one man has transported us to new worlds and parallel universes, introduced us to mythical characters with superhuman powers, and ultimately challenged us to transcend our circumstances and seize our dreams. But his own life was not always as inspiring as his work. In a dazzling new memoir from one of Hollywood’s greatest minds, discover how J. Michael Straczynski triumphed over adversity and forged the life he wanted in Becoming SupermanRead more of this post

A Lot of Work for a Little Snow [GUEST POST]

Wintertime at the Monastery
Sometimes the smallest detail creates the largest amount of work for an author, like trying to pick the perfect time for a setting to have snow. E.M. Powell explains in this guest post regarding her new novel, The Monastery Murders. (Photo by Paul R. Robinson, Flickr)

Whenever we pick up a book by one of our favorite authors, we may not realize just how much research went into writing a certain character, choosing a setting, or crafting a particular scene, especially when the author does her job as seamlessly as historical mystery author, E.M. Powell. Reading her latest novel, The Monastery Murders, she excels at luring us into the story’s disarming setting and made us ask: How did holiday traditions differ way back in 1176 and how does she utilize these details to build suspense? Thankfully she explains in today’s guest post. Enjoy! —J&H

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When A Bad Idea Seems Like Your Only Option [GUEST POST]

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When society is unforgiving, some secrets must be kept at all costs. (Photo courtesy K. A. Servian)

What would you do if everything you thought you knew about yourself turned out to be a lie? In the new book, A Pivotal Right, a young woman named Viola is faced with just such a dilemma when she discovers her father isn’t who she thought he was and that her mother, Florence, has kept the truth hidden for years.

This premise captured our imaginations, so we invited the author to tell us how being a mother herself impacted the way she wrote Viola’s character and what advice she would give to Florence on how to handle telling a child such a carefully guarded secret. We hope you enjoy this guest post from K.A. Servian! —Jathan & Heather Read more of this post