Ashley M. Coleman: On the Importance of Writing Rituals

Ashley M. Coleman is a freelance writer and music executive from Philadelphia. Working in the music industry for over 10 years, she has also written for Essence, The Cut, Apartment Therapy, and GRAMMY.com, among others. In 2017, she launched a writing community for BIPOC writers entitled Permission to Write. Ashley currently lives in Los Angeles. … Read more

Patricia Gibney: On Characters Leading To Plot

Patricia Gibney is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime! … Read more

Fiona Barton: On Catching Someone in a Lie

Fiona Barton is the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow, The Childand The Suspect. She has trained and worked with all over the world. Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mailnews editor at the Daily Telegraphand chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year … Read more

Andrew Joseph White: On Finding Hope Through Horror

Andrew Joseph White is a queer, trans author from Virginia, where he grew up falling in love with monsters and wishing he could be one too. He is a graduate student in George Mason University’s Creative Writing program and has a habit of cuddling random street cats. Andrew writes about trans kids with claws and … Read more

Ann Leary: On the Power of Female Friendship

Ann Leary is the New York Times bestselling author of a memoir and four novels, including The Good House. Her work has been translated into 18 languages, and she has written for The New York Times, PlowsharesNational Public Radio, Redbookand Real Simpleamong other publications. Her essay, “Rallying to Keep the Game Alive,” was adapted for … Read more

Madeline Kay Sneed: On Being Open to Constructive Feedback

Madeline Kay Sneed was born and raised in Houston, Texas, a city she dearly loves, despite its sports franchises so frequently breaking her heart. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Baylor University and her Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiction from Emerson College. She frequently writes about the intersection … Read more

A Conversation With Baron R. Birtcher on Social Media: Bestseller. No Website. No Me. (Killer Writers)

I traverse Oregon along the iconic and beautiful Historic Columbia River Highway in search of waterfalls with my family. South of that is Portland, and just south of that is the Oswego Grill in Wilsonville where former music man and LA Times Bestseller and award-winning author Baron R. Burtcher has an oriental chicken wrap and … Read more

Jane Porter: On the Joy of Writing Mature Characters

Jane Porter, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 75 romances, holds an MA in writing from the University of San Francisco and has been a finalist for the RITA award six times, winning in 2014 for Take Me, Cowboy. In 2008, Jane’s popular novel Flirting With Forty was made into a … Read more

Glenn Boozan: On the Funny Side of Parenting

Emmy nominated Glenn Boozan recently took home a 2022 Writers Guild Award winner for her work on CONAN. Most recently a writer on Comedy Central’s Lights Out with David Spade and the Hulu talk show from Sarah Silverman I Love You, America, she has also written for the TruTV series Adam Ruins Everything starring Adam … Read more

David Adams Cleveland: On Truth Revealing Itself in Historical Fiction

David Adams Cleveland is a novelist and art historian. His latest novel, Time’s Betrayal, was named Best Historical Novel of 2017 by Reading the Past. In summer 2014, his second novel, Love’s Attractionbecame the top-selling hardcover fiction for Barnes & Noble in New England, and Fictionalcities.uk included Love’s Attraction on its list of top novels … Read more