In Linda Nielsen’s ‘Life Rolls Along,’ Every Character Has a Great Origin Story [GUEST POST]

What does it take to make an unforgettable character? (Photo courtesy Canva)

We love stories populated with outrageous characters! They’re one of the reasons shows like Dallas and Dynasty were such big hits and why novels like Scruples and Chances are still beloved by audiences the world over. Like Judith Krantz and Jackie Collins before her, Linda Nielsen is an author with a real knack for populating her books with unforgettable faces. But what goes into crafting them? Where do the ideas for them come from? With the publication of her new novel, Life Goes On, Nielsen herself dishes on how she came up with two of her favorite characters in this exclusive guest post. Enjoy! —J&H

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What Growing Up Around the Film Industry Taught Me as a Writer [GUEST POST]

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Alexandra Weis, author of Have You Seen Me?, is no novice when it comes to storytelling. However, her path to fiction writing took a more circuitous route than many of her colleagues. Growing up with a filmmaker father may have actually sharpened her skills as a novelist and ultimately given her a leg up on the competition. But that’s for you to decide. We hope you enjoy today’s guest post!—J&H

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Writing Genre Fiction That Challenges Reader Expectations [GUEST POST]

Every writer has a different end goal in mind. (Photo courtesy Canva)

I’ve loved reading romance books my whole life, even before I knew what they were. When I was eight, I wrote fan fiction of the movie Labyrinth where Jareth and Sarah get together. Basically, I love romance stories because there’s something so satisfying about following two characters through to their happily ever after.

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A KNIGHT AND A SPY 1410: Nine Questions for Simon Fairfax [INTERVIEW]

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Simon Fairfax embellishes history in A Knight and a Spy 1410. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Intrepid spies, valiant knights, and the fair maidens who win their hearts. There are good reasons we romanticize the Medieval period and are captivated by its pageantry. Somehow, even now, the legends of iconic royals tease our imaginations and lure us back to their own era, centuries before any of us ever walked the Earth. It takes a deft writer to capture these stories on paper, to resurrect faded characters and bring old world history to vivid life. Yet that is exactly what author Simon Fairfax has done with his new series and its debut novel, A Knight and a Spy 1410. That’s why we were delighted to catch up with Simon and learn some of the stories behind the story in this insightful interview. Enjoy! —J&H

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Author Gillian Harvey’s Love/Hate Relationship with Social Media [GUEST POST]

Author Gillian Harvey and her son Robbie overload on sugar.
Gill and her son Robbie overload on sugar. (Photo courtesy Gillian Harvey)

We love the premise of the novel, Everything is Fine, which is about a woman who has it all… at least on her Instagram feed. But in real life, things aren’t always what they appear. But how does a writer—who depends on social media platforms to get the word out about her work—truly feel about this aspect of online culture? Find out in today’s candid guest post from author Gillian Harvey. Enjoy! —J&H

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