Playwright and Author Deborah Levy Finds There Are Some ‘Things I Don’t Want to Know’ [REVIEW]

Deborah Levy

In her intimate new essay, Things I Don’t Want to Know, Deborah Levy takes a close look at what it means to be a woman writer in modern society. (Photo by Sheila Burnett)

Surprising things make her cry. Trips to Spain bring her peace. Notebooks hold her observations, even when she can’t recall why she records them in the first place. For novelist, playwright and poet Deborah Levy, writing is a very personal thing… especially as a woman. In her insightful and intimate new essay, Things I Don’t Want to Know, she reveals what it is like to be a female writer in today’s world.  Read more of this post

A Letter to My Pre-Published Self [GUEST POST]

Tools of the trade

Historical mystery writer E.M. Powell offers words of encouragement to unpublished authors everywhere, including her younger self, in this candid letter. (Photo by Chris Blakeley, Flickr)

If you enjoy reading mysteries just as much as you like historical fiction, we bet you’re really going to take a shine to the work of E.M. Powell. Her new novel, The King’s Justice (published under Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint) starts a thrilling new series of medieval mysteries you won’t be able to put down. But like many writers, Powell’s career wasn’t an overnight success. Find out what she overcame on the road to publication in her guest post, “A Letter to My Pre-Published Self.” Enjoy! —J&H Read more of this post

‘The It Girls’ Lived Life on Their Own Terms [REVIEW]

Elinor Glyn and Lady Lucile Duff-Gordon

They may have started out poor, but the Sutherland sisters knew they were something special. (Left: Elinor Glyn; Right: Lady Lucile Duff-Gordon, Photo by Arnold Genthe)

Long before Joan and Jackie Collins became two of Britain’s most celebrated sisters, another amazing sibling duo set the world on fire, making headlines as they boldly broke the rules and lived life on their own terms. Discover their incredible true story in Karen Harper’s new novel, The It Girls.  Read more of this post

On A Good Marriage [GUEST POST]

Randy and J.T. Ellison on New Years Eve 2017

Randy and J.T. Ellison on New Years Eve 2017. (Photo courtesy J.T. Ellison)

As I write this, I am three days shy of my 22/25th anniversary. We share our wedding date with the date of our first kiss, hence the dual year celebrations. We’ve had a long and happy life together, and anticipate many more years to come. I fell hard the night we met, and those feelings haven’t gone away. Read more of this post

NANCY MEHL: Writing About Serial Killers [GUEST POST]

Serial Killer

Why would an inspirational novelist write about a serial killer? Find out in this guest post from Nancy Mehl. (Photo by Giampaolo Macorig, Flickr)

Do serial killers belong in inspirational suspense and mystery? Some say yes, some say no. I just wrote Dark Deception, where I took on a serial killer for the first time. Why? First of all, serial killers exist. We can’t just pretend they don’t. Actually, many writers include serial killers in their novels without assigning them the title. If the bad guy in a mystery or suspense novel kills more than one person, we could call him (or her) a serial killer, couldn’t we? Of course, these villains are usually trying to cover up a crime – they don’t kill for some kind of perverse gratification. But murder is murder, right? Read more of this post