The Nine Weird Writing Habits of Really Intense Writers. I found this video by author Jenna Moreci. Jenna is a young vivacious woman (and writer) who pokes fun at all of us writers. LANGUAGE WARNING: Jenna utters some naughty words, but she uses them in the right context and with great flair. I’ve outlined her Nine Weird Habits of Intense Writers below. You can watch the video at the bottom. Weird Habit #1 – Hygiene is… Optio...

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Here is an interview with bestselling author Nicholas Sparks. Many of his successful novels have been turned into successful movies. It’s interesting to hear a writer who has a lot of writing and a lot of commercial success under his belt talk about his experience. Like many of the other best selling authors I’ve heard speak about joining Hollywood, Sparks almost divorces himself from the process. He seems to have the ability to st...

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I’ve been a HUGE fan of Eckhart Tolle’s ever since the release of his first book The Power of Now. On nearly every page I’ve underlined sentences, I’ve highlighted those same sentences, I’ve starred the paragraphs those sentences are in. I couldn’t get enough of that book. It’s that deep. It’s one of the few books I’ve read that’s not only worth reading twice, but many times over. I s...

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I’ve read Paulo Cohelo’s best selling book, The Alchemist, countless times. It’s a story about a boy who finds a way to fund his pilgrimage and journey to see the pyramids of Egypt. Of course, there are many twists, turns and obstacles along the way. He even finds the proverbial treasure chest full of gold and in the most surprising, unlikely and ironic of places. It’s a spectacular book filled with Life wisdom. There i...

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Bestselling author Rick Riordan offers new writers 3 tips to kick their writing career into high gear. Riordan is best known for his first book in a series: Percy Jackson & The Olympians. In the video below, Riordan talks to a representative from Adolescent Literacy.  Adolescent Literacy is a a national non-profit organization helping parents and teachers of struggling teenaged readers and writers. Adolescent Literacy is an offshoot of the...

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In the video below, author Kurt Vonnegut, talks to an audience about storytelling. In very plain and simple terms (while writing on a chalkboard) he shows us the not-so-easy art of storytelling. The video looks to be from the 1970s, however, the information is relevant today. In fact, Vonnegut speaks to the story outline that EVERY SINGLE STORY since the BEGINNING of TIME has ever used. It’s true that storytelling is the most ancient for...

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Lee Child and Stephen King talk mostly about Child’s Jack Reacher series. Lee Child is thrilled people are rooting for his character Jack Reacher. So, he says he will continue to write the series based on the character instead of journeying forth with a completely new stand alone novel. Child is generous enough to mention one of Stephen King’s new books Mr. Mercedes. It’s the first in a trilogy of King’s Bill HodgesR...

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Two of the biggest selling fiction authors on the planet, Stephen King and John Grisham talk about writing and the publishing industry in the video below. They offer priceless tidbits about publishing their own books and licensing their books for movie rights. They even talk about the massive changes within the publishing industry, digitalization of books and how they sell fewer and fewer books each year. The authors speak in front of a large ...

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Renown international bestselling author Salman Rushdie spoke at the University of Virginia’s Humanities Festival on September 18. It was a sold-out show with the line up snaking around the theater and down the block. Click title to continue reading…

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Nicholas Sparks – Author of ‘The Notebook’
Author Videos / October 14, 2016

Here is an interview with bestselling author Nicholas Sparks. Many of his successful novels have been turned into successful movies. It’s interesting to hear a writer who has a lot of writing and a lot of commercial success under his belt talk about his experience. Like many of the other best selling authors I’ve heard speak about joining Hollywood, Sparks almost divorces himself from the process. He seems to have the abi...

Eckhart Tolle: 10 Rules for Success
Author Videos / October 12, 2016

I’ve been a HUGE fan of Eckhart Tolle’s ever since the release of his first book The Power of Now. On nearly every page I’ve underlined sentences, I’ve highlighted those same sentences, I’ve starred the paragraphs those sentences are in. I couldn’t get enough of that book. It’s that deep. It’s one of the few books I’ve read that’s not only worth reading twice, but many times...

Best Selling Author Paulo Cohelo’s Rules For Success (VIDEO)
Author Videos / October 7, 2016

I’ve read Paulo Cohelo’s best selling book, The Alchemist, countless times. It’s a story about a boy who finds a way to fund his pilgrimage and journey to see the pyramids of Egypt. Of course, there are many twists, turns and obstacles along the way. He even finds the proverbial treasure chest full of gold and in the most surprising, unlikely and ironic of places. It’s a spectacular book filled with Life wisdo...

Author Rick Riordan Offers Three Tips For New Writers
Author Videos / October 3, 2016

Bestselling author Rick Riordan offers new writers 3 tips to kick their writing career into high gear. Riordan is best known for his first book in a series: Percy Jackson & The Olympians. In the video below, Riordan talks to a representative from Adolescent Literacy.  Adolescent Literacy is a a national non-profit organization helping parents and teachers of struggling teenaged readers and writers. Adolescent Literacy is an offsh...

Author Kurt Vonnegut on the Storytelling Outline
Author Videos / September 28, 2016

In the video below, author Kurt Vonnegut, talks to an audience about storytelling. In very plain and simple terms (while writing on a chalkboard) he shows us the not-so-easy art of storytelling. The video looks to be from the 1970s, however, the information is relevant today. In fact, Vonnegut speaks to the story outline that EVERY SINGLE STORY since the BEGINNING of TIME has ever used. It’s true that storytelling is the most a...

Lee Child And Stephen King Talk About Jack Reacher
Author Videos / September 26, 2016

Lee Child and Stephen King talk mostly about Child’s Jack Reacher series. Lee Child is thrilled people are rooting for his character Jack Reacher. So, he says he will continue to write the series based on the character instead of journeying forth with a completely new stand alone novel. Child is generous enough to mention one of Stephen King’s new books Mr. Mercedes. It’s the first in a trilogy of King’s Bill ...

Stephen King & John Grisham Talk Books
Author Videos / September 25, 2016

Two of the biggest selling fiction authors on the planet, Stephen King and John Grisham talk about writing and the publishing industry in the video below. They offer priceless tidbits about publishing their own books and licensing their books for movie rights. They even talk about the massive changes within the publishing industry, digitalization of books and how they sell fewer and fewer books each year. The authors speak in front o...

Author Of Novel That Spawned “Field Of Dreams” W.P. Kinsella Dies At 81
Book Reviews / September 19, 2016

W.P. Kinsella was a Canadian novelist who wrote the baseball themed book “Shoeless Joe.” Kinsella’s novel, went on to become the mega hit film “Field of Dreams” starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Ray Liotta. OMG! I loved that movie. What a crush I had on Costner. Read More…

Book Review of MEMORY MAN by David Baldacci
Book Reviews / August 25, 2016

Book Review of Memory Man by David Baldacci   Title: Memory Man Author: David Baldacci Genre: Mystery/Thriller   Main Characters: Amos Decker – Amos is our protagonist. He’s a physically huge man, an ex-football player and former police detective. He has hyperthymesia. The condition of having almost perfect autobiographical memory.  Captain Miller – Newly appointed captain of Decker’s old police prec...

Book Review of INVISIBLE by James Patterson
Book Reviews / August 16, 2016

Book Review of INVISIBLE by James Patterson & David Ellis Title: INVISIBLE Author: James Patterson Genre: Mystery/Thriller Main Characters Emmy Dockery – FBI Researcher. Dogged and obsessive about finding bad guys. 30-ish, brunette, smart, attractive and our lead protagonist. Harrison “Books” Bookman – Former FBI agent turned book shop owner. Former serious love interest of Emmy’s. Gets dragged back ...

Book Review of MR. MERCEDES by Stephen King
Book Reviews / August 13, 2016

Book Review of Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King     Title: Mr. Mercedes Author: Stephen King Genre: Thriller/Mystery – First Book in the Bill Hodges trilogy   Main Characters: Det. Ret. Bill Hodges: Retired police detective after 40 years on the job. He’s divorced and has one grown daughter he has contact with only occasionally. 

Book Review of FINDERS KEEPERS by Stephen King
Book Reviews / August 5, 2016

Book Review of Finders Keepers by Stephen King Genre of Book: Thriller/Mystery Author: Stephen King Main Characters: Pete Saubers – teenager and son of Tom and Linda Saubers and older brother to Tina Ret. Det. Bill Hodges – retired police detective and head of his newly formed “Finders Keepers” private detective agency