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Writer Wednesday with Alana Woods

This week, I had the opportunity to talk with Alana Woods, author of two contemporary Australian thrillers.  Tell us about yourself: Career public servant in a past life.  And a professional editor for much of it.  After giving up full-time employment some years ago I took on contract editing, and …

Writer Wednesday with Lana Kortchik

This week I got to chat with Lana Kortchik, author of Savaged Lands, released with Endeavor Press. I enjoyed her tale, “Sixteen Days Ago,” in Freedom Forge Press’s Forging Freedom anthology. She’s had experiences living in diverse locations around the globe, and that certainly seems to have influenced her writing! …

Fantastic Friday: When Heather Comes to Life

Battle of the Books This year, I was honored that Loudoun County Public Schools chose my novel The Scarred Letter as one of its ten Battle of the Books selections. Battle of the Books is a competition in which students at all high schools across the county compete by reading …

Forging Freedom: Dimensions

For today’s “Writer Wednesday” feature, I wanted to highlight an anthology I edited called Forging Freedom: Dimensions. Dimensions was published by Freedom Forge Press, a company dedicated to celebrating stories of freedom (of all types). When the company put out a call for submissions for its general fiction anthology, an …

The Danger of Being an Individual

…or “Why I Wrote The Scarred Letter” Background A high school English teacher, I taught The Scarlet Letter year after year. For some students (too few), it became a favorite book that they remembered even years after graduating. For others, Hawthorne’s sentence length, ornate language, and complicated concepts made the …

When the World Lives a Lie: Is Cheating in School the Status Quo?

When I was in school, I had a bizarre experience involving cheating. As a preface: most of my classes were useful, and most of my teachers were dedicated. However, in a class which I shall not name, I remember an answer sheet being passed around during a ten-question quiz. The …

Shenandoah Children’s Literature Conference: A Writer’s Perspective

During the last week in June, I attended the Shenandoah University Children’s Literature Conference. The conference invites award-winning and nationally- (and internationally-) recognized authors to present talks and roundtable discussions to attendees. In the afternoon, small group sessions are led by leaders working in education, and two graduate credit options …