Hook the reluctant reader. It’s the phrase that pays. I’ve heard it many times over the last year. Almost every editor at the last two conferences I went to said it, and last week I heard literary agent, Mary Kole say it. But I am also familiar with the concept, not just as a writer, but as a mom. Because I gave birth to not one, but two reluctant readers. I love to read, always have, so of course my kids… Read more »

    All week I’ve been reading great flash fiction written by my fellow campaigners, most of which start with The door swung open and end with The door swung shut. So, it was interesting when I also read an inspiring memoir, Hope Will Find You, by Naomi Levy that offered a new take on the following saying: When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do… Read more »

I loved Little House on the Prairie when I was a kid, so reading Wendy McClure’s book, The Wilder Life:  My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie was like catching up with dear friends.  In fact I was reminded how much LHOP played a role in my own life as I remembered along with Wendy about bonnets,  Plum Creek, the sod house, and above all the spunky, carefree, adventurous spirit that was Laura.   “MOST GIRLS JUST WANT TO BE… Read more »