Author Archives: Stephanie Gayle

About Stephanie Gayle

Stephanie Gayle's latest novel, Idyll Fears, is due out September 5th. Idyll Threats, the first in the Chief Lynch mysteries was published in 2015. Her first novel is My Summer of Southern Discomfort. Her stories and non-fiction have appeared in The Potomac Review, Kenyon Review Online and Punchnel’s, among others. She’s been nominated twice for a Pushcart prize. She can be found at www.stephaniegayle.com and https://twitter.com/StephofLegends.

How to read your work aloud in public

I know many, many writers who get terrified by the idea of reading aloud to an audience. But readings are part of the business of post-published writing, especially in the world of novels. Readings give you an opportunity to sell…

Best author reading series of all time!

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…

April Fools’ Day: Writer’s Edition

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…

Cardinal Sins of Character Development

Nothing makes me stop reading a novel faster than a poorly realized protagonist. Why? Because that character is the guide to a new world, and if he lacks credibility the whole story does too. Below, I have listed some examples…

Knitting Stories (and Sweaters)

I’ve become a knitter. I’ve learned alongside my mentor, Stacie, who says things like, “It’s not hard. It’s just about making loops.  Loops and loops.” Over the past year, I’ve progressed from making scarves to knitting a sweater, which I’m…

The Secrets to Becoming a Writer

Stories, with their powers to transport us to distant lands and imagine ourselves as others, are magical. But I’ll tell you a secret. The writing of stories is not magic. Writers are regular people. They are regular people who are…