Authors

Scott Turow: ‘My characters, like me, find society’s problems in the law’

The American author on the latest outrage from Donald Trump, the frustrations of starting a novel, and his double life as a lawyer and novelist<p>The simple truth, I’m pleased to acknowledge, is that most days writing makes me happy. Usually what’s ahead of me flashes through my mind not long after …

Writing

Don't Use Myth Consciously

A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation<p>by Noah Lukeman<p>Adventures in the Screen Trade<p>by William Goldman<p>APE: Author, Publisher, …

Writing

Ten Ways to Organize Your Bookshelf

I recently moved to a new apartment, which gave me an excuse to pursue, without guilt, my favorite procrastination activity: reorganizing my …

Books

A Good Short Story Is “A Pill That Let’s Us See the Real”

Sarah Hall’s career has been rich in recognition, going back to her debut novel, <i>Haweswater,</i> which won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. The …

Writing

A Prisoner’s Only Writing Machine

Kenneth Foster, Jr., became a writer on death row. When he was nineteen, he drove three friends to two armed robberies in San Antonio, Texas; late that night, one of the friends shot and killed a man. Foster was in the car, approximately eighty feet away, but, under the Texas Law of Parties, he was …

Prison

Jacob Anderson

JACOB ANDERSON IN LONDON, MAY 2017. PHOTOS: JASON HETHERINGTON/SERLIN ASSOCIATES.<p>As Grey Worm on <i>Game of Thrones</i>, Jacob Anderson is largely silent, …

Writing

Ready to Write Your Book? Here’s a Five Point Checklist

Writing often begins with wondering. Pen in hand, you find yourself asking…<p><i>Will people ever read what I write?</i> <i><br>Do I have what it takes to write a …

Writing

Top 10 opening scenes in books

From Kazuo Ishiguro’s laconic intimations to Mark Twain’s garrulous energy, these are masterclasses in the difficult art of beginning<p>Sometimes I want an opening to slap me in the face; other times I’d rather it come on like a creepy hand across my shoulder. There are millions of ways a voice can …

Literature

Plotting for Pantsters

<i>There are a lot of heated opinions about whether plotting or pantsing is the best way to write a story. As an avid plotter myself, I was curious to</i> …

Writing

John Grisham Chats with Killers of the Flower Moon Author David Grann

John Grisham has invited book lovers and writers alike to listen to his podcast, Book Tour with John Grisham. So far he has made stops along the way, …

Writing

The Great Stephen King Reread: The Colorado Kid

The tiniest Stephen King book, both in page count and substance, <i>The Colorado Kid</i> came along after King disgorged three of his massive Dark Tower …

Writing

Beyond Paradox: Daniel Price on Writing Time-Twisting Fiction

“All this happened, more or less.”<p>That’s the opening sentence from <i>Slaughterhouse Five</i>, Kurt Vonnegut’s most famous novel, a shining testament to his …

Popular Fiction

Unfinished Business: F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Love of the Last Tycoon

In 1940 F. Scott Fitzgerald died at the age of 44 from a heart attack just off Sunset Boulevard. He was survived by his wife, Zelda, their daughter …

Literature

The Savvy Rube

In the introduction to <i>A Subtreasury of American Humor</i>, published in 1941, E. B. White told of the various disappointments and disillusionments he and …

Conservative POV

5 On: Dario Ciriello

In this 5 On interview, author Dario Ciriello talks about breaking writing rules, what publishing other writers taught him about the business, and …

Writing

Q A with Ellen Oh

<i>Though she has a background as a lawyer and instructor of academic research and writing, Ellen Oh is best known as a YA and middle grade author and</i> …

Writing

Paris Review - Marabou

Joy Williams<p>Issue 126, Spring 1993<p>The funeral of Anne’s son Harry had not gone smoothly. Other burials were taking place at the same hour, including that of a popular singer several hundred yards away whose mourner fans carried on loudly under a lurid, striped tent. Still more fans pressed against …

Writing

'The Smack,' A Conversation with Richard Lange

Richard Lange is the author of the novels This <i>Wicked World</i> and the Hammett Prize-winning <i>Angel Baby</i>.<p>He joins the company of other authors such as Raymond Carver, Richard Price, Elmore Leonard and Don Winslow as being viewed as a "writer's writer."<p><i>The Smack</i> is the story of Rowan Petty, a con artist …

Writing

David E. Kelley on bringing Stephen King's serial killer saga Mr. Mercedes to brutal life

You’re never going to love the monster, but while you’re loving hating him, David E. Kelley hopes you have a little pity, too.<p>In his new series <i>Mr. Mercedes</i>, premiering on the AT&T Audience Network on Aug. 9, the producer of <i>The Practice</i> and <i>Big Little Lies</i> takes on a Stephen King novel about a …

TV

'Bosch' Author Michael Connelly Picks Up A New Character Based On LAPD Detective For 'Late Show'

Support the news<p>It’s summertime, you’re on the beach soaking up the sun and you’re thinking, “Gee, I wish I had Harry Bosch to keep me company right …

Writing

Book Review: The short story collection Knots is lit-fiction hackwork

<i>Knots</i> is an excellent title for a collection of short stories. Otherwise, the most that can be said for Gunnhild Øyehaug’s slim book, which was first published in Norwegian in 2004, is that it must lose some charm in translation. Her stories are corny and high-minded, written in a repetitive and …

Books

ATW INTERVIEWS - Andrew Crofts

<b>How did you become a writer?</b><p>When I left school at 17 I wanted to be freelance and I wanted to have as many different experiences as possible. I …

Writing

40 years of life and love in Los Angeles, intimately chronicled by Christopher Isherwood

The famed novelist and screenwriter's diaries captured his life as a writer, a celebrity, and a gay man starting in 1939 Los Angeles.

Los Angeles

3 Clever Ways to Write What You Know

The advice “write what you know” can be disheartening. If you’re like me, you probably feel like you don’t “know” much. How can we write what we know …

Writing

How Do You Decide Your Next Book?

For years now, I’ve been trying to understand the method behind my madness when it comes to answering that never-ending question bookworms all over …

Books

A Certain Sly Intelligence - Los Angeles Review of Books

JULY 17, 2017<p><i>KRISTEN LEPIONKA is the author of the recently published mystery novel</i> The Last Place You Look<i>,</i> <i>one of the most assured debuts I have</i> …

Books

Do You Use Swear Words in Your Fiction? - Fiction Notes

Do you use swear words, cuss words, or bad words when you write fiction? If you’re writing picture books, no. But as your audience gets older and …

Language

Making a Narrative in the Darkness: A Conversation with Samantha Hunt

Samantha Hunt has written three novels: <i>The Seas</i>, the tale of a woman who may be a mermaid; <i>The Invention of Everything Else</i>, in which a young hotel …

Writing

Political Resistance in Teen Lit

This is a guest post from Alexandra Sirowy, the author of the young adult thrillers <i>The Creeping</i>, the Bram Stoker Award® Nominated <i>The Telling</i>, and the …

Books

These Male Authors Don’t Mind if You Think They’re Women

With psychological thrillers told from a female point of view a hot genre, male writers find an ambiguous pen name doesn’t hurt; trying on a bra.<p>Is Riley Sager, author of the new thriller “Final Girls,” a woman?<p>The writer’s gender-neutral name won’t answer the question. Neither will the author …