An Interview With Jaime Clarke,
author of VERNON DOWNS

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By Marc Foster

Jaime Clarke’s new novel, “Vernon Downs,” follows protagonist Charlie Martens from Phoenix to New York City in a quest to reunite with his lost love Olivia. Along the way, Charlie’s obsessive acts of impersonation draw him further into the world of Olivia’s favorite author, the book’s namesake Vernon Downs. A co-owner of Newtonville Books, and founding editor of Post Road, Jaime took time out to speak with Dead Darlings about his new project.
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Best Coffee Cluster in the Greater Boston Area

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By Carol D. Gray

Back in February I promised to spill the beans on my favorite coffee clusters and where to find them. But if you’ve forgotten what the heck a coffee cluster is, refresh your memory with the Top Ten Reasons Coffee Clusters are a Writer’s Best Friend.

Ready for the big reveal? First place in the Greater Boston coffee cluster competition goes to . . . Davis Square, Somerville. Five writer friendly cafes all within one or two blocks of each other make this area the mother of all coffee clusters. It’s easily accessible by T – Red line to the Davis Square stop – and there are several public parking lots with 3 hour meters that take credit cards so you’re never stuck searching for quarters. Check out this map for parking locations. Read More →

Spring Fever: Writer’s Edition

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Go Figure: Musings from the Mind of Rob Wilstein

Spring is here,
Let’s give a cheer.
- From the archives of my third grade poetry class.

Thus began my poetry career, in Mrs. Kerber’s third grade class, to be continued in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades with the exact same spring poem. You will be relieved to know that my career ended there, my poetic license revoked. If there was more to the poem, I don’t remember it. Each year, when the assignment was given to write a poem about spring I would panic, but this sweet couplet saved me. Read More →

Best author reading series of all time!

By Stephanie Gayle cod

God, I hope that worked. And that you’re now waiting for me to reveal the world’s best reading series. Wait no longer! It’s called Craft on Draft. And its first event is on April 8th at Trident Booksellers and Café. We have a terrific author lineup: Lisa Borders, Henriette Lazaridis Power, and someone who looks a lot like me.

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A Just Cause

By Kelly Ford

Most of our writers are currently unavailable for blogging due to black holes of revision, wedding planning or last-minute Craft on Draft prep. So, I’ll be pinch-hitting for the next couple of weeks. Things might get random, y’all. Let’s start with a tic that I have mentioned in the past couple of posts I’ve written.

What is my deal with the word “just”? Did I eat a brain tumor for breakfast?

In the latest version of my novel in progress, I found 243 instances of “just.” How did this happen? Maybe, like Charles Dickens, I dreamt it all and the word manifested itself into my novel.

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April Fools’ Day: Writer’s Edition

lmphoto_tom1By Stephanie Gayle

Whether you love April Fools’ Day (pranks!) or loathe it (ugh-pranks), it’s hard to escape, especially in our age of social media. I’ve decided to celebrate this year by recognizing those literary pranks I most admire. So without further ado, I present the April Fools’ Day Awards in Literary Achievement.

Best trick to obtain free labor

Winner: Tom Sawyer

When tasked with whitewashing a fence, Tom discovers a great secret: “in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain.” Read More →

Not Just a Joke

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By Jack Ferris

Like virtually every novelist, I am happy to complain about the difficulties besetting me with regard to my *~Unpublished Masterpiece~* of a novel. I am confused by whether agents consider it young adult and grumpy about their desire to change the setting to modern times.  I work full time and I’m trying to plan a wedding.  I fell and might have broken my wrist (the doctors keep telling me to come back and write “maybe broken” on the forms, it’s like some kind of hilarious Shrodinger’s bone).  I have video games to play and those are more fun. Read More →

Create Your Own Writing Retreat: Cancun Edition

beachBy Kelly Ford

Back in November, Rob treated us to his wintry writer retreat on the cold beaches of Cape Cod.

Well, grab your sunscreen. This is the Cancun edition, where I regale you with the story of five days spent on the beach — all in the service of my novel. No, really! Read More →

Writing Rituals

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By Stephanie Gayle

To write you have to sit and…write. That’s it. But for some of us, staying at that desk and writing is hard. There are a multitude of distractions: family, TV, a sunny day. So I’ve created a list of writing rituals that make it easier to develop a writing habit. Read More →

Winnie the Pooh Got Me Into Fiction

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Illustration by E. H. Shepard

By Marc Foster

Ask what got me into fiction in the first place and I’ll tell you in four words. The World of Pooh by A.A. Milne. No other book comes close.

My mother read that volume to me a hundred times when I was a child. It could have been two hundred. I asked her recently, and she said, “Oh, Gee, Marco. Many, many times, I’ll tell you that. I lost count!” Read More →