Category Archives: A Writer’s Writer

December 21 – Giving you the Gift of Poet Chris Heeter

Seeing Solstice There is a pause now this quiet Solstice time before light slowly lengthens. The temptation? To count the days. To hold our breath until daylight stretches into evening and early morning forces back the darkness. What a relief … Continue reading

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A Writers Writer- Pat Conroy’s new book- A Lowcountry Heart

December 11, 2011 -Last night I finished a splendid memoir written by the irascible and charming Christopher Hitchens. It is called Hitch-22, and the title reminded me of the time I found myself talking to a fascinating man at the deep … Continue reading

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My Favorite Wild Poet – Chris Heeter – Saying Goodbye to Fall

EVEN LEAVES LET GO This fall season arrived with bountiful sun and rain. A blend that promises the extended version of high definition fall foliage. And so it is that I step outside to a day that is yellow. Yes, … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Writer – Chris Rose – Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?

I was doing research for a new book when Hurricane Mathew visited Eastern North Carolina last month. Mathew provided a timely background for my writing. The color had been sucked from the world, everything looked gray, while winds threatened. We … Continue reading

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A Writers Writer – Christopher Fowler Again!

I just finished another in the Bryant & May Series….The Invisible Code. I have written about Fowler and his series before. (Click here for more details) They are irresistible and must be saved for the perfect moment. For at least thirty … Continue reading

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A Writers Writer – Christina Baker Kline – Orphan Train

How could I resist an opening like this….. I believe in ghosts. They’re the ones who haunt us, the ones who have left us behind. Many times in my life I have felt them around me, observing, witnessing, when no … Continue reading

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Selecting Books for Your Book Club

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ― John Green, … Continue reading

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A Writers Writer – Christopher Fowler – Bryant and May Mystery Series

Here is what research will tell you about Arthur Bryant and John May who are Golden Age Detectives in a modern world. They head the Peculiar Crimes Unit, London’s most venerable specialist police team, a division founded during the Second … Continue reading

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Does The Book Jacket Matter? – It Must Pass My 1st Test

Jacket Design by Andrew Davidson – A Favorite of Mine Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the nationally bestselling Maisie Dobbs series, which I highly recommend. Recently I was able to ask her this question…..The covers of your novels by … Continue reading

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A Writers Writer – Nicola Upson

If you read mysteries you probably recognize the name Josephine Tey,  a pseudonym used by Elizabeth Mackintosh (25 July 1896 – 13 February 1952), a Scottish author. She also wrote as Gordon Daviot, a dozen one-act plays and another dozen full-length … Continue reading

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Pat Conroy – Discovering Himself in the Movements of Beaufort Dolphin-Proud tides…

Not all of you may share to the same degree my love and respect for Pat Conroy, but in this statement released this morning I am staggered. He has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He was quoted to have said … Continue reading

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A Writers Writer – E.B. Nesbit – The Railroad Children

Author Edith Nesbit – Illustrator C. E. Brock – Publisher Wells Gardner, Darton -Publication date 1906 “Also she had the power of silent sympathy. That sounds rather dull, I know, but it’s not so dull as it sounds. It just means that a … Continue reading

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