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Author Interview: Pratima Cranse

on Thu, 01/07/2016 - 22:23

By Renee Roy

Debut New Hampshire author Pratima Cranse took a few minutes recently to talk about her first novel, All the Major Constellations, and offered some insight as to how her past has acted as her muse.  

Cranse, a New England native, was born and raised in Vermont. She now lives in southern New Hampshire, after earning her MFA in fiction writing from Southern New Hampshire University. She said she draws much of her inspiration from her parents. “My father is also a writer and, just as important, he’s a really great reader,” Cranse said.

This New Year, Add Something Sweet to Your Reading List

on Wed, 12/30/2015 - 08:36

Book Review: The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball

By Lisa Allard

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity of interviewing bestselling author, Elizabeth Atkinson. (Check it out here.) After our interview, she even sent me a copy of her newest middle-grade novel, The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball. I am delighted to share my thoughts about this great winter read with you!

                The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball tells the humorous, relevant, and heartwarming story of two best friends, Ruby La Rue and Eleanor Bandaranaike as they try to reach their dreams in the small ski town of Paris, New

Genre Spotlight: Bring the Fame Back to Fairytales

on Mon, 12/14/2015 - 16:50

By Cyan Barker

            As you begin to approach that forever present holiday season, it’s time again for the Genre Spotlight to fall upon a seemingly underappreciated genre.  This month brings us closer to the roots of childhood with everyone’s nostalgic favorite: fairytales.

            Once upon a time.  Fairytales extend way into the past, expressing many morals and hidden truths about the world of our ancestors.  Most tales come from oral folklore passed on throughout generations.

Author Interview: Elizabeth Atkinson

on Thu, 12/10/2015 - 20:47

Elizabeth Atkinson discusses writing for middle grade readers, inspiration, and travel

By Lisa Allard

 

Middle grade author Elizabeth Atkinson recently released her newest book, The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball, a relevant story that explores cross-cultural sensitivities and differences. It tells the story of two girls, Ruby and Eleanor, who couldn’t be more different. Ruby has always lived in Paris, New Hampshire and Eleanor ‘s family is from Sri Lanka. But what these girls share is an irreplaceable friendship and a strong desire to reach their dreams.

12 Christmas Gifts for Writers and Book Lovers

on Fri, 12/04/2015 - 22:37

By Lisa Allard

Are you stumped on what gift to get for the writer or reader in your life? No worries!  Here are some gifts that are sure to please!                                                                                   

1. Laptop Stickers & Skins

A laptop is a writer’s workspace. So why not decorate it with a fun laptop sticker? They come in a variety of fun styles and designs. My laptop skin is the Starry Night painting by Vincent Van Gogh.

Check out Etsy and Cafepress for some especially unique ones.

2. A Writer’s Coffee Mug

Because what writer doesn’t love caffeine?

Famous Literature Families

on Fri, 12/04/2015 - 19:50

By Cyan Barker

           Last week people across New Hampshire and throughout the United States sat down to gorge themselves of endless amounts of turkey.  The leftovers of this legendary meal are still making their way into sandwiches today.  The holiday of Thanksgiving has shifted definition to become a period of time before insane shopping rushes.  Yet, those who gathered around family and gave the thanks the day was intended for, were still debating on watching the parade, football, or the dreams of a peaceful nap.

Six Things Writers Should Be Thankful For

on Wed, 11/25/2015 - 22:52

By Lisa Allard

Around Thanksgiving, we are reminded to be thankful for the things in our lives that matter the most –our loved ones, a roof over our heads, and food in our bellies.  Well, writing matters too. So, this year, let’s show our gratitude for being a writer! Here is a list of six things you should be thankful for.

1. The Privilege of Writing

If you are lucky enough to have a career in writing, you are able to do something you love every day. For the rest of us, writing is an amazing stress reliever and a great way to remove ourselves from the world for at least a little while.

Confessions of an Author : Richard Adams Carey

on Thu, 11/19/2015 - 21:52

By Renee Roy

 

Richard Adams Carey, past NHWP president and author of “In the Evil Day: Violence Comes to One Small Town,” took a moment out of his busy book-promoting schedule to share insight into his past and how his unanticipated move to New Hampshire led him to write one of the most shocking murder documentaries yet.

Carey, now of Sandwich, grew up in suburbs of Harford, Conn. and enjoyed the great outdoors from an early age.

    “I basically spent my childhood out in the woods or playing games of baseball or touch football,” Carey said.

Genre Spotlight: Shout Out to Songwriters

on Thu, 11/19/2015 - 21:29

By Cyan Barker

            Continuing off of last month’s Giving Creative Nonfiction Credit, we believe that more categories of writing should get their time as well so was born the Genre Spotlight.  This month we put aside a special place for the songwriters out there.

            Songwriting, as the name suggests, is the action of writing songs.  This not only has to apply to the lyrical aspect, but also the melodies and chord progressions.  Just like other forms of writing, songwriting focuses on the emotional telling of a story or communicating information artistically to the masses.

Six minor rewrites that would have improved "Return of the Jedi"

on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 21:46

By Kevin Flynn

As we anxiously await the opening of The Force Awakens, we Star Wars fans are praying JJ Abrams and company will wash away the sins of the prequels and restore peace and order to the galaxy.

The original trilogy was the most influential piece of entertainment for my generation. Before owning a VCR, I listened to an album narration of the Star Wars soundtrack. I wore out the grooves on the LP, so dialog has been ingrained in my memory (What’s the serial number to the garbage masher on detention level AA-23? 3263827, of course). The Empire Strikes Back might be one of the very

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