It’s no mystery why some authors are some successful and some are not, though of course there is no surefire formula. Even, or perhaps especially, if they specialize in one of the most lucrative genres in the fiction field.
Alice K. Boatwright not only excels as both bestselling author and self-marketer, but she makes it look easy, if only because her manner is so easy-going. She is living proof that innate literary talent needs to be nurtured and disciplined in order to truly blossom.
The term "hipster" has been appropriated and flung around indiscriminately since at least the heyday of the Beat Generation, tothe point where it's lost all meaning outside of a convenient marketing niche. Otherwise it's demographically ambiguous, as each succeeding generation redefines the term to suit their own standards and lifestyles.
But then there are cool cats like author/photographer/musician Frank De Blase, whose raw sense of classic style is not only timeless, but completely organic.
As host and organizer of Noir at the Bar Seattle - the Emerald City branch of a loosely affiliated, national live reading series - I am proud and honored to meet and mingle with a wide variety of authors working in several genres, not just locally, but from all over the continental literary map.
One such boast is Canadian native Linda L. Richards, a master of both fiction and non-fiction, and a true class act to boot.
There are so many phenomenally talented writers working today that, speaking as an author, it really makes you want to just quit the field altogether, since your contributions seem downright extraneous.
David James Keaton is one of those authors that writes such stellar, entertaining, often laugh-out-loud prose that you question your own worth as a wordsmith.
I like him, anyway. It’s impossible not to. That’s one thing I hate about him. He’s so damned nice, too.
Courage manifests in many forms. Art is one of the most inspirational. The fiction (or non-fiction) of those that have faced down seemingly impossible real challenges that would crush the majority of us can be a life-affirming experience for those on both sides of the page.
Incredibly prolific and consistently brilliant writer T. Fox Dunham is someone I’ve only met once in person, but I consider him both a friend and a hero of mine. After you read this interview, you will share my admiration.