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Category: Society & Culture

Indie and small press authors speak about the writing craft and their support for each other’s work.

January 14, 2022

YA novel ”Thanks, Carissa, For Ruining My Life” set for February release

Author Dallas Woodburn skillfully flips friends into lovers in the love triangle between Carissa, Brad, and Rose using two points of view.

Set for February release the friends-to-lovers romance delivers a heartwarming message about self-improvement, identity, and acceptance in an image-obsessed culture.

This is Woodburn's second novel with a short story collection How To Make Paper When the World is Ending slated for June publication.

A former John Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing, Woodburn's writing has been honored with the Cypress & Pine Short Fiction Award, the international Glass Woman Prize, and four Pushcart Prize nominations.

When she's not writing, Dallas hosts the podcast "Overflowing Bookshelves." Woodburn is also a book doula.

Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy of Woodburn's new novel.

November 12, 2021

YA author Melanie Hooyenga transports main character in ”Flicker” back in time

What would you change if you could go back to yesterday?
 
The main character Biz in Hooyenga's young adult book "Flicker" discovers that she has a special ability; she uses sunlight to jump back to yesterday. She takes advantage of flickering by retaking Trig tests, fixing fights with her boyfriend (or reliving the making up), and repeating pretty much anything that could be done better. Trouble is, flickering makes her head explode from the inside. Or feel like it anyway.

No one knows about her freakish ability and she’s content to keep it that way. Guys don't stick around because she refuses to let them in, but all that changes when Cameron, her best friend, starts looking oh-so-yummy. Suddenly she's noticing his biceps, his smile, and the cute way his eyes crinkle when he—gah! This is her friend!

But the butterflies come to a screeching halt when little girls start disappearing, then take a nosedive when the police link the kidnappings to Cameron's sister, who vanished years earlier. As the police grasp for clues, Biz photographs a strange man lurking in the shadows and realizes that her flickering can help more than just herself.

 
Listen to the episode for details of the giveaway. Contact Melanie through her website to receive a free signed book.
 
 
 
October 25, 2021

Author D.A. Reed addresses teen depression, suicide and homelessness in her new books

Author D. A. Reed delivers a message of hope to struggling teens, their parents and educators in her young adult novels "All The Things We Didn't See" and "Nothin' but Gutters and Change."

"There is always help," she said. "As a society, we need to eradicate the stigma around mental illness. I didn't realize it was such a big problem."

After writing twice about difficult issues for teens, Reed realized that she need to be aware, that these problems exist in society.

"People approached me to write about depression and suicide," she said.

At first she balked at the issues, but then Reed buckled up to bring awareness to serious problems that people are struggling with.

"I made sure to write it in a way so it's not that intense that people wouldn't want to read about it," she said. 

Reed found a balance between stating the truth correctly while injecting some sarcastic humor into the stories.

"I always try to find that silver lining in difficult situations," she said.