Have you signed up for National Novel-Writing Month yet?

51 Writers will take a break from daily prompts during November 2017 for NaNoWriMo. Several of us finished our first manuscripts in NaNoWrimos past. We encourage you to join in!

October 2017 is MONSTER MONTH! (prompts calendar for #51writers)

October is MONSTER MONTH at #51writers

Come for the monsters, stay for awesome writers you’ll meet…

Suggestions for future prompts are always appreciated!

Meet a Young Writer: Morgan AB Saddleson

Morgan and me—a young writer talks desserts, Dr. Who, and writing about disability.

On August 14, 2017, I got the chance to interview Morgan, a fantasy writer and college student.

Anna Kander: Introduce yourself!

Morgan AB Sadddleson: My name is Morgan AB Saddleson, and I’m a young writer, lifetime reader, and college student. I’m also an uber-nerd and can’t seem to figure out how to leave Star Trek references out of my writing.

AK: Cake, cookies, or pie? Continue reading “Meet a Young Writer: Morgan AB Saddleson”

Meet Heather Kinnane, author of the new erotic novella, HANDYMAN WANTED

Heather Kinnane is an Australian author who writes steamy stories. She has been a regular contributor to The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, where she squeezes her erotic stories into flash fiction—below 800 words. Her previous publications include the short “A Faery Dream” and its full-length sequel, A Faery Union.

Anna Kander: Introduce yourself!

Heather Kinnane: I’m an Australian author. I live in a rural area surrounded by wattle trees, kookaburras and wallabies (and in summer there are plenty of snakes, too!) I write in a lot of different genres, but so far the stories I’ve had published are romantic fantasy and erotica. I’m a chocoholic (as I write this I’ve run out, and we’re not heading into town again till tomorrow—help!) and, when I’m not reading or writing, I love bushwalking and tinkering in the garden. (I’m not a green thumb, though I wish I was!)

AK: Sexiest food: whipped cream, ice cream, or spaghetti? (Some of us are suckers for Lady and the Tramp-style romance.)

Continue reading “Meet Heather Kinnane, author of the new erotic novella, HANDYMAN WANTED”

Representation & empathy in a YA queer fairy tale

A guest blog post by Audrey T. Carroll

Image provided by Audrey T. Carroll

My WIP novel is a YA queer fairy tale. At the heart of all of it is two girls falling in love; around them, a school that works by dark fairy tale logic. I’ve discovered, the deeper I get into this first draft, how much of it rotates on an axis of self-acceptance, shame, and the temptation to wish away a part of yourself.

So I want to focus on the two main characters of this whole romance…

Continue reading “Representation & empathy in a YA queer fairy tale”

Girl Protagonists in Books–a Literary Trend or Something Bigger?

By Rachel Dacus

I spent my morning reading and replying on the Women’s Fiction Writers Association website to a discussion about defining women’s fiction. One of the topics was trends in Women’s Fiction, and in that thread the topic of “girl” and “wife” books came up. Bestseller titles tell you much about the trend: Gone Girl, Girl on a Train, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Kitchen God’s Wife. Girls who are women trying to save themselves, as one commenter on the thread so aptly put it.

Continue reading “Girl Protagonists in Books–a Literary Trend or Something Bigger?”